BIOLOGY 120 - First Year Seminar in Biology
Section: 002 Genomes & Beyond
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Biology (BIOLOGY)
Department: LSA Biology
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS
Other:
FYSem
Credit Exclusions:
Credit is granted for a combined total of 17 credits elected in introductory biology.
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

A genome is the complete set of genetic material for an organism. The sequencing of the genomes from many individuals and species has revolutionized the field of biology, yet important non-genetic changes to DNA also contribute to an organism’s appearance, behaviour, and health. In this discussion-based class, students will consider the implications of genetic information, epigenetics, and genetic engineering from a biological and societal perspective. We will highlight the fundamental patterns of inheritance that govern our genetic makeup, the factors that alter the interpretation of our DNA sequences, and a brief history of the advances that propelled us into the genomic era. With this foundation, students will then consider the ethical, legal, and social implications of these genetic and epigenetic advances and their applications—from personal genome sequencing to genetically altered plants and animals. Readings will be drawn from a variety of sources including original-research articles, popular-science pieces, and essays. Students will be expected to engage in regular discussions on the related topics. Class assignments will range from short writing assignments to student presentations.

BIOLOGY 120 - First Year Seminar in Biology
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