To acquaint students with classical aspects of genetics. An introduction to the principles of genetics, including topics from classical Mendelian concepts to the contemporary molecular biology of the gene. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate the following competencies: (1) an understanding of the central theories and methodologies that define the field of genetics and its various sub disciplines (traditional, molecular, and population genetics) and the ability to use the vocabulary that embodies this knowledge; (2) an understanding that science is a continual process of investigation and interpretation and that scientific knowledge progresses via the support and rejection of competing hypotheses, collective decisions that are based on empirical evidence and logical interpretation using inductive and deductive reasoning; (3) the ability to develop a scientifically informed position on some of the bioethical and social issues related to the practice and application of genetics research.

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