Genetics Online 

BIOL 1040: Online Genetics Lecture and Lab Course

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Genetics, BIOL 1040, is a one-semester upper-level undergraduate online course that will take a unified approach to transmission genetics, molecular genetics, cytogenetics, evolutionary genetics, molecular medicine, and developmental genetics. Students will learn from examples drawn from the scientific literature, which stress modern technological and experimental methodologies used in studying the genetics and genomics of prokaryotes, higher plants, and animals.

Topic presentations will also reflect that genetic mechanisms play a fundamental role in the pathogenesis, treatment of diseases, and the maintenance of health. All course assessments will seek to emphasize important concepts. Click here for the online genetics course syllabus

The online genetics course will be lecture and lab only. There is no option to take this class as lecture-only.


Genetics Laboratory material is organized in units and presented in this order:

  • Mitosis Explored
  • Meiosis Explored
  • Mendelian Pigs
  • Human Genetics
  • DNA, RNA, and Protein Synthesis
  • Plant Genetics-Breeding and Selection
  • Cytogenetics
  • Gene Regulation
  • Animal Genetics
  • Molecular Cloning
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Next Generation Sequencing

Online Genetics Course Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Fluently use the genetics vocabulary (eg. genotype, allele, multifactorial)
  • Apply the principles of inheritance as formulated by Mendel
  • Predict the probabilities of inheritance of a single trait
  • Calculate the probability that two events will occur together
  • Apply the principles of extensions to Mendelian inheritance (eg. multiple allelism, lethal alleles, gene interactions, sex-linked transmission)
  • Draw a diagram that shows how the inheritance of genes relates to the behavior of chromosomes during meiosis
  • Describe chromosome behavior and changes in chromosome structure and number that occur during the eukaryotic cell through a cell cycle, meiosis I, meiosis II, and gamete formation
  • Explain how meiosis and random fertilization contribute to genetic variation in sexually reproducing organisms
  • Distinguish between Mendelian and non-Mendelian patterns of inheritance (eg. reduced penetrance, variable expressivity, uniparental disomy, epigenetics, mosaicism, genomic imprinting, unstable repeat expansion)
  • Articulate the relationship between genetic, physical, and cytogenetic maps.
  • Compare the effect of linkage and independent assortment on genetic outcomes and assess data to determine if genes are linked or on separate chromosomes
  • Explain how crossing over produces recombination and use recombination frequencies to construct a genetic map
  • Use genetic maps to predict gametic and mating outcomes
  • Compare and contrast mutation and horizontal gene transfer (transformation, conjugation, and generalized versus specialized transduction) as methods of enabling bacteria to acquire novel genetic traits and adapt to new environments
  • Describe normal chromosome number, structure, and behavior in human cells
  • Understand the cause and effect of alterations in chromosome number and/or structures and explain how these anomalies arise and are detected
  • Relate the molecular structure of chromosomes to storage, gene expression, and sequence function
  • Describe the process of DNA replication in prokaryotes at the biochemical level
  • Explain how proofreading and repair is accomplished during DNA synthesis
  • Describe how DNA is replicated in prokaryotes and identify similarities and differences with replication in eukaryotes
  • Articulate the basic aspects of the flow of genetic information from DNA to proteins including transcription and RNA processing in bacteria and eukaryotes, the various types of post-transcriptional processing, protein translation, and posttranslational changes
  • Describe the general organization of the genomes in prokaryotes and eukaryotes
  • Identify different types of RNA, note their properties, how they are processed to yield a functional form, and their function in gene expression
  • Recognize the importance of regulating gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes and describe the levels at which gene expression is controlled and the mechanisms used by each
  • The genomic structures, replication, and genetics of viruses
  • Understand how to identify and classify mutations in DNA
  • Articulate how mutation is related to genes, chromosomes, the environment and genetic variability
  • Describe DNA repair systems, comparing and contrasting eukaryotic and bacterial systems
  • Explain the mechanisms and importance of recombination, repair and transposition
  • Explain major methods and techniques used in molecular genetics to isolate, recombine, amplify, find and study genes of interest
  • Describe map-based and whole genome shotgun sequencing approaches
  • Explain how genetic and physical chromosome maps are prepared
  • Access and use genetic information from public databases to solve problems in biotechnology, medicine, or biology
  • Illustrate how information generated by genome sequencing projects can be used to discover practical knowledge about gene expression and relationships between species
  • Analyze genetic data using statistical procedures and calculate the frequencies of genes and genotypes in a population
  • Participate in informed discussions about appropriate and inappropriate uses of new genetic technologies in the future

Complete at your own pace

Working at the pace typical for a four-semester hour course, the average student will complete the online course in approximately 16 weeks. Many students are nontraditional students who have elected an online course for the sake of flexibility. Since the course is self-paced, you may complete the course in fewer than 16 weeks.

Prerequisites to Online Genetics

  • Required: Introductory Biology.
  • Recommended: Inorganic Chemistry or a good understanding of atoms, elements, chemical reactions and bond types, acid/base chemistry, and biological macromolecules. 

Technical Requirements

All of the science prerequisites offered at UNE are based online. In order for you as a student to have the best experience possible, UNE has established some technical specifications for you. Click here for technical requirements.

Required Course Materials


  • Genetics: Analysis and Principles
    Robert J. Brooker, 5th or 6th edition (note: CONNECT from McGraw-Hill is only available with the 6th edition)

Note: Textbooks need to be purchased separately and are not part of your registration fee. All course materials are available through our bookstore at:

It is recommended that students utilize CONNECT from McGraw-Hill to go through the course material with Learnsmart. This is a very good self-assessment tool. The access code comes bundled with the textbook if purchased from our bookstore or CONNECT may be purchased separately.

Lab Material

Students taking this course are directed to purchase the three (3) separate laboratory software listed below. Students are to order ALL THREE laboratory components directly from each of the following three companies (software will be purchased directly from a link in the course):

  • SIMBIOTIC Software
  • Labster Software
  • Hands On Lab (HOL) Kit
    • The kit must be purchased through HOL and cannot be purchased second hand or from another vendor. Ordering instructions are in the Blackboard course.

Ordering your UNE-authorized whiteboard (optional) – Can be used during your proctored exams!

Dry-Erase Whiteboard with Marker and Eraser (Optional for Proctored Exams)

This course permits the use of a dry-erase whiteboard for scratch work during one or more of your proctored exams. No scratch paper is permitted. The whiteboard must be purchased from the following seller.

You must show your proctor that your whiteboard is clear at the beginning of your testing session, and you must erase your whiteboard in front of the proctor before disconnecting from your session. If you do not do this, your exam will not be credited.

Whiteboard ordering information below. There is a discount if you order both the webcam and the whiteboard together. Choose “Whiteboard and Webcam Combo.” 

Mandatory External Webcam for Proctored Exams

This webcam is required for proctored exams for any courses starting on or after September 4, 2019.

Webcam & Whiteboard Ordering Information

Tuition and Fees

Credits: 4
Tuition: $1440
Registration: $30
Total: $1470

The cost of the materials is not included in this total.

Exam Procedures

All exams are taken online. Major exams are required to be proctored. For instructions on how to take your exams online, visit Online Learning’s ProctorU site. Courses starting on or after September 4, 2019 must be proctored via the UNE-approved external webcam.

Enrollment online anytime

You may enroll at any time via our self-service registration portal. To register, you will need to enable Flash in your browser first (here are step-by-step instructions). Payment is due in full at the time of registration. Your official start date is the date that the course opens and you will have 16 weeks from that date to complete your course.

Courses start on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month

You must be registered for your class by 12:00 noon EST on the Monday before the class starts. Online registration will remain open during holidays when the university is closed. See the UNE Academic Calendar for more details.

Assistance with registration

If you have any questions or need help with registering for your class, please call a student service advisor at:

(855) 325-0894

or view the online FlexReg course registration tutorial.

If you intend to use VA Benefits or Military Tuition Assistance, please do not use the self-registration portal. Please call (855) 325-0894 to be directed to the appropriate office for assistance.



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