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Genetics Online 

BIOL 1040: Online Genetics Lecture and Lab Course

UNE Aca­d­e­m­ic Cal­en­dars | UNE Aca­d­e­m­ic Cat­a­log | Tech­ni­cal Require­ments

This online genet­ics course 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
  • Cyto­ge­net­ics
  • Mol­e­c­u­lar Cloning Lab
  • Ani­mal Genet­ics
  • The HIV Clock
  • Next Gen­er­a­tion Sequenc­ing
  • Gene Reg­u­la­tion
  • Med­ical Genet­ics
  • CSI Inves­ti­ga­tion 

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 edi­tion

Note: The e-book ver­sion of Book­er may not be used on any proc­tored course exam. 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 the lab­o­ra­to­ry com­po­nent of this course are direct­ed to pur­chase the vir­tu­al lab­o­ra­to­ry soft­ware list­ed below. Stu­dents are to order BOTH lab­o­ra­to­ry com­po­nents direct­ly from each of the two pub­lish­ers:

Tuition and Fees

Cred­its: 4
Tuition: $1400
Reg­is­tra­tion: $25
Total: $1425

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.

Enrollment online anytime

You may enroll at any time via our self-ser­vice reg­is­tra­tion por­tal. 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. See the UNE Aca­d­e­m­ic Cal­en­dar for more details. 

Assistance with registration

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