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BIOL 202
Genetics Fall 2020
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning

Class Details

Genetics, classically defined as the study of heredity, has evolved into a discipline whose limits are continually expanded by innovative molecular technologies. This course covers the experimental basis for our current understanding of the inheritance, structures, and functions of genes. It introduces approaches used by contemporary geneticists and molecular biologists to explore questions in areas of biology ranging from evolution to medicine. The laboratory part of the course provides an experimental introduction to modern genetic analysis. Laboratory experiments include linkage analysis, bacterial transformation with plasmids and DNA restriction mapping. This COVID year we will have in-person lectures and labs. Furthermore all students will have access to recorded lectures, notes, slides and handouts. For remote students, lab reports will also be required (writing and data analysis). Remote students will be able to collect data for some of the labs or otherwise will have access to class data for analyses.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; six hours per week
Limit: 60
Expected: 60
Class#: 2101
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: bi-weekly problem sets, weekly laboratory exercises and laboratory reports, and examinations
Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and 102
Enrollment Preferences: Students planning on Biology major
Unit Notes: does not satisfy the distribution requirement for the Biology major
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: This course has a large quantitative component, mainly probabilities and basic statistics. Lab reports and data analyses are a large component of the grade.
Attributes: BIMO Required Courses

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