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Genetics - Undergraduate

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Undergraduate Minor

The minor in Genetics may be earned by completing the following courses.  At least 9 cr. must be used only to fulfill the requirements of the minor and not be applied to any other major, college, or university requirement.

GEN 313Principles of Genetics3
GEN 313LGenetics Laboratory1
BIOL 314Principles of Molecular Cell Biology3
GEN 410Analytical Genetics3
GEN 409Molecular Genetics3
Two or more additional credits in Genetics at the 300 level or above.2
Total Credits15

 

Graduate Study

Graduate study in genetics leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees is offered at ISU. Graduate study is organized as a separate interdepartmental graduate major from the undergraduate program. For more information on graduate study in genetics see: Genetics - Interdisciplinary.

 

Courses

Courses primarily for undergraduates:

GEN 110. Genetics Orientation.

(1-0) Cr. 1. F.
This course is intended for first year students and others new to the genetics major. Discussion of university policies and resources, requirements of the major, career opportunities, and other topics related to the first year experience.

GEN 298. Cooperative Education.

Cr. R. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of department cooperative education coordinator; sophomore classification
Required of all cooperative education students. Students must register for this course prior to commencing each work period.

GEN 313. Principles of Genetics.

(Cross-listed with BIOL). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS. Prereq: BIOL 211, BIOL 211L, BIOL 212, and BIOL 212L
Introduction to the principles of transmission and molecular genetics of plants, animals, and bacteria. Recombination, structure and replication of DNA, gene expression, cloning, quantitative and population genetics. Students may receive graduation credit for no more than one of the following: Gen 260, Gen 313 and 313L, Gen 320, Biol 313 and 313L, and Agron 320.

GEN 313L. Genetics Laboratory.

(Cross-listed with BIOL). (0-3) Cr. 1. F.S. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in BIOL 313
Laboratory to accompany 313. Students may receive graduation credit for no more than one of the following: Biol 313 and 313L, Gen 260, Gen 313, Gen 320, and Agron 320.

GEN 320. Genetics, Agriculture and Biotechnology.

(Cross-listed with AGRON). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: BIOL 212
Transmission genetics with an emphasis on applications in agriculture, the structure and expression of the gene, how genes behave in populations and how recombinant DNA technology can be used to improve agriculture. Credit for graduation will not be allowed for more than one of the following: Gen 260, 313, 320 and Biol 313 and 313L.

GEN 340. Human Genetics.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS. Prereq: BIOL 313 or GEN 313
Fundamental concepts and current issues of human genetics. Human chromosome analysis, pedigree analysis, gene mapping, the human genome project, sex determination, genetics of the immune system, genetics of cancer, gene therapy, the genetic basis of human diversity, eugenics.

GEN 349. The Genome Perspective in Biology.

(Cross-listed with BIOL, MICRO, V PTH). (2-0) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: GEN 313 or GEN 320
Analysis of genome, RNA, and protein data using computer technology to answer biological questions on topics ranging from microbial diversity to human health. An introduction for students in the life sciences to the fields of genomics, bioinformatics and systems.

GEN 398. Cooperative Education.

Cr. R. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of department cooperative education coordinator; junior classification
Required of all cooperative education students. Students must register for this course prior to commencing each work period.

GEN 409. Molecular Genetics.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: BIOL 313
The principles of molecular genetics: gene structure and function at the molecular level, including regulation of gene expression, genetic rearrangement, and the organization of genetic information in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

GEN 410. Analytical Genetics.

(3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: GEN 409
The principles and practice of genetic analysis. Mendelian genetic analysis, mutational, transgenic, and genomic analysis of gene function, linkage and gene mapping, chromosomal aberrations, aneuploidy and polyploidy, extrachromosomal inheritance, analysis of genetic pathways.

GEN 444. Introduction to Bioinformatics.

(Cross-listed with BCB, BCBIO, BIOL, COM S, CPR E). (4-0) Cr. 4. F. Prereq: MATH 165 or STAT 401 or equivalent
Broad overview of bioinformatics with a significant problem-solving component, including hands-on practice using computational tools to solve a variety of biological problems. Topics include: database searching, sequence alignment, gene prediction, RNA and protein structure prediction, construction of phylogenetic trees, comparative and functional genomics, systems biology.

GEN 462. Evolutionary Genetics.

(Cross-listed with BIOL). (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: BIOL 315
The genetic basis of evolutionary processes in higher organisms. The role of genetic variation in adaptation, natural selection, adaptive processes, and the influence of random processes on evolutionary change.

GEN 490. Independent Study.

Cr. 1-5. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. Prereq: GEN 313, junior or senior classification, permission of instructor
Independent study in any area of genetics. Students may use no more than 9 credits of university-wide 490 or 499 credits (including Gen 490) toward the total of 120 credits required for graduation.

GEN 491. Undergraduate Seminar.

(1-0) Cr. 1. F.S. Prereq: GEN 409
Communication within the discipline based on comprehension, discussion, presentation, and critical evaluation of original research literature; survey of career paths within the genetics disciplines and approaches to obtaining positions; exposure to research publication and grantsmanship processes; ethical issues in genetics research; outcomes assessment activities.

GEN 492. Laboratory Teaching Experience.

Cr. 1-2. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. F.S.SS. Prereq: GEN 313, junior or senior classification, permission of instructor
For students registering to be undergraduate laboratory assistants. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only. No more than 2 credits of GEN 490U or GEN 492 may be applied toward the Genetics advanced course requirement.

GEN 495. Special Topics in Genetics.

(1-0) Cr. 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 3 credits. F.S. Prereq: GEN 313; permission of instructor
Content varies from year to year. Students may use no more than 9 credits of university-wide 490-499 credits toward the total of 120 credits required for graduation.

GEN 496. Attendance and Critique of Genetics Seminars.

Cr. 1. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. F.S.SS. Prereq: GEN 313, junior or senior classification, permission of instructor
Attendance and critique of departmental seminars in BBMB, GDCB, or EEOB. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only. Students may use no more than 9 credits of university-wide 490 - 499 credits toward the total of 120 credits required for graduation.

GEN 498. Cooperative Education.

Cr. R. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of department cooperative education coordinator; senior classification
Required of all cooperative education students. Students must register for this course prior to commencing each work period.

GEN 499. Genetics research.

Cr. 1-5. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. Prereq: GEN 313, junior or senior classification, permission of instructor
Independent research in any area of genetics. Students may use no more than 9 credits of university-wide 490 or 499 credits (including Gen 490R) toward the total of 120 credits required for graduation.

GEN 499H. Genetics research for Honors.

Cr. 1-5. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: GEN 313, junior or senior classification, permission of instructor
Independent research in any area of genetics; for Honors students only. Students may use no more than 9 credits of university-wide 490 or 499 credits (including Gen 490H) toward the total of 120 credits required for graduation.