BIO 212. Introduction to Genetics & Molecular Biology (with lab). 4 Hours.
Study of heredity and the roles of DNA and other macromolecules in the function of cells and organisms. This course will focus on inheritance at biochemical, organismal, and population levels. The laboratory portion of this course includes classic genetic crosses using model organisms (e.g., fruit flies), molecular techniques to analyze DNA, and bioinformatic analysis of DNA sequences. Lab reports will be used to assess students' understanding of the laboratory exercises.
Prerequisite: BIO 150 with a minimum grade of D.
The Department of Biology offers a major in Biology that emphasizes the development of scientific skills and competencies necessary for understanding living systems and critical analysis of scientific claims. In five foundation courses (BIO 150, 212, 214, CHEM 123 and 124 which should be completed in the first four semesters) students are introduced to hypothesis testing, experimental design, data analysis and interpretation while investigating ecology, evolution, genetics, cell biology, and the chemical foundations of life. They will engage with current scientific literature and learn to communicate scientific information in written and oral formats. To enroll in Bio 214, students must have earned a C or better in BIO 212 and have completed CHEM 123. Students select from a diverse array of upper division courses to build upon this foundation. Finally, all majors will take BIO 400, an upper division core course that relies upon and enhances their foundational knowledge and skills as they investigate questions in evolutionary and integrative biology.