Genetics Lecture & Lab Course Overview

  • BIOL 1040 is a four-credit lecture/lab online genetics course that covers important concepts of genetics like the transmission and expression of genes. Both Mendelian and non-Mendelian traits will be examined. One of the important topics covered in this course will focus on the influence of genetic mutations on the development of disease, like cancer. The critical role chromosomes play in genetics will be emphasized through the study of cellular reproduction, gene-mapping on chromosomes, the effect of chromosomal variation on disease, and the study of both the autosomal and sex chromosomes. This course takes a unified approach to transmission genetics, molecular genetics, cytogenetics, evolutionary genetics, molecular medicine, and developmental genetics.

    *This course is considered an upper-level undergraduate course (300 level or above)

Genetics Lecture & Lab Course Outcomes

  • Define, summarize the principles of, and interpret the process of cellular reproduction, Mendelian genetics, non-Mendelian genetics, cancer genetics, population/evolutionary genetics, extranuclear inheritance, gene mapping, DNA organization, DNA duplication, gene expression, gene regulation, gene mutation/repair, epigenetics, chromosomal sex determination, and chromosomal variation.
  • Explain the central dogma of biology in detail with a thorough description of the structure and function of DNA, RNA, and proteins and mechanisms of transcription and translation along with their regulation.
  • Describe the unique features and properties of bacterial and phage genetics.
  • Construct genetic maps for physical locations of loci with respect to one another using data from recombination frequencies, three­ point testcrosses, or molecular markers.
  • Examine how chromosomal changes lead to genetic disease and the interplay between genetics and manifestation of cancer.
  • Synthesize primary literature from the field of genetics.
  • Assess genetic data using the scientific method.

Genetics Lecture & Lab Course Prerequisites

*Please note these prerequisites are highly suggested and support course preparedness and success. We recommend having completed the listed prerequisites before enrolling and within the past seven years.

How do exams work?

All exams are taken online. Major exams are required to be proctored online through ProctorU. For instructions on how to take your exams online, visit UNE Online’s ProctorU site. Please note exams must also be proctored with the UNE-approved external webcam.


How do labs work?

For the laboratory portion of the course, most weeks will also have an assigned laboratory exercise. In addition to conducting the laboratory exercises and corresponding assignments, you will also need to write a lab report.

Tuition & Fees

BIOL 1040: Lecture/Lab


  • Credits: 4
  • Tuition: $1,760
  • Registration: $30
  • Total: $1,790*

*Total payment is due in full at the time of registration. The cost of the materials is not included in this total.

Required course materials

  • Mandatory External Webcam and Whiteboard for Proctored Exams
  • Textbook
    • Klug WS, Cummings MR, Spencer CA, Palladino MA. Concepts of Genetics. 12th ed. New York, NY: Pearson; 2019. ISBN-13: 978-0134604718
  • Lab Materials
    • All lab materials are purchased through your course. Please be aware that costs vary for each course and can range from $100- $500+.
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Courses Typically Begin Every Two to Three Weeks

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

You may enroll for a course at any time through our self-service registration portal. Payment is needed in full at the time of registration.

You must be registered for your class by 12:00 noon EST the Monday before the class starts. Your official start date is the date that the course opens and you will have 16 weeks from that date to complete your course.


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