BIO 253 Genetics (4 credits)

This course covers the biological basis for patterns of inheritance, including the structure, function, and regulation of DNA, genes, and chromosomes. The biochemical nature of mutations will be discussed, along with the potential consequences, both harmful and beneficial. Methods of molecular genetic analysis also will be introduced. This class is intended for Math-Science majors, especially students interested in Biology, Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Physician Assistant, or Pre-Dent. Three lecture hours and two laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: BIO 151 and BIO 152 (or equivalents) or permission of instructor.