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BIOL 211 Principles of Genetics

This course provides a thorough major's level introduction to genetics and heredity. It will cover the fundamentals of genetic information, its transmission from parents to offspring [heredity], its phenotypic and molecular expression in cells and organisms, replication and repair of genetic material within a cell, and its population impacts. Also included are the modern techniques of genetics including: gene mapping, cloning, genome manipulation and mutation. Knowledge of species' genomes, their genes, their inheritance, and how genes impact individuals and/or populations has rapidly become an integral part of almost every aspect of biology. From public health to ecology - genetics touches all.


Special information

First day attendance is mandatory.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 3, 2017 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Develop an accurate exposition of the fundamental principles of genetics; with an emphasis on the development of the genome, the genes themselves, their inheritance patterns, gene mapping, molecular mechanisms operating on genetic traits, mutation mechanisms and repair, quantitative and population genetics.
  • Develop the skills of pedigree analysis and mapping computation.
  • Gain an in-depth knowledge by reading and interpreting primary scientific literature of a genetic field of research.
  • Provide a framework for understanding the broader field of genetics.
  • Recall, explain and apply the concepts, knowledge and vocabulary of genetics at the level necessary for success in upper division study in biology and related fields.

Fall 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
01 Principles of Genetics Buddi, Vidya Devi Books for BIOL-211-01 Fall 2024 Course details for BIOL-211-01 Fall 2024