BIO 260: GENETICS Course Guidelines
University of Wisconsin Colleges
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES DEPARTMENT
COURSE CATALOG DESCRIPTION:
LAWS OF VARIATION AND HEREDITY AND THEIR MODIFACTION BY
ENVIRONMENT, GENTEC ENGINEERING AND CHROMSOME BEHAVIOR WITH
EMPHASIS ON HUMAN GENETICS. LECTURE AND LABORATORY MAY ALSO
INCLUDE DEMONSTRATIONS, DISCUSSION AND FIELD TRIPS.
NUMBER OF CREDITS, CONTACT HOURS, DEGREE DESIGNATION(S), TYPE OF
Contact Hours: 2-3 hours of lecture/discussion, 2.2 hours of lab
Degree Designation(s): Natural Science (NS) and Laboratory Science (LS)
Type of Course Delivery ___X___lecture __X____discussion ___X__lab _____other
PREREQUISITES : INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY (BIO) COURSE
UW COLLEGES GENERAL EDUCATION PROFICIENCIES FOR THIS COURSE
Please identify from the list below the proficiencies that are most closely associated with
student success in this course. Please check all that apply. Individual instructors may
incorporate additional proficiencies if they choose.
_x__ Analytical Skills
_x__ Quantitative Skills
_x__ Communication Skills
___ Aesthetic Skills
COURSE BIO 260
DEPARTMENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR THIS COURSE
List the objectives addressed in all sections of the course across all campuses of the
institution; use as many numbers as appropriate for this particular course. (Individual
instructors may incorporate additional objectives if they choose.)
1. To gain an understanding of Mendelian, molecular, and population genetics
2. To gain an understanding of current issues in genetics
3. Learn how to effectively seek out and process scientific information
4. To relate the concepts learned in this course to other studies in biology as
well as other disciplines
REPRESENTATIVE TEXTS USED BY UW COLLEGES FACULTY IN THIS COURSE
List the texts that are representative of those currently being used by faculty in the
1. Concepts of Genetics by Klug and Cummings
2. Fundamentals of Genetics by Russell
3. Klug and Cummings’ Essentials of Genetics, 4th Ed., 2002, Prentice Hall Publishing.
1. Non- published course packets and handouts
Others used in the past:
2. Laboratory Manual of Genetics, 4e. 1995 (Probably more recent versions available).
A.M. Winchester and Peter J. Wejksnora (UW-Milwaukee), McGraw Hill.
3. Contemporary Genetics Laboratory Manual, 2001. Rodney J. Scott, Morton
4. Genetics Laboratory Investigations, 12e. 2001. Thomas R. Mertens and Robert L.
Hammersmith, Prentice Hall.
5. Genetic Investigations for the Laboratory, 3e. 2002. Rebecca L. Seipelt, Deborah C.
Clark, and Philip M. Mathis, McGraw Hill.
MAJOR TOPICS COVERED BY UW COLLEGES FACULTY IN THIS COURSE
Please provide an inclusive list as this is important for transfer institutions as they make
accurate evaluations of our UW Colleges courses; use as many numbers as appropriate
for this particular course.
1. Cell structure
2. MITOSIS AND MEIOSIS
3. Mendelian Genetics
4. Extensions of Mendelian Genetics
6. Crossing-over and Mapping
7. Bacterial and Phage Genetics
8. Mutation and DNA repair
9. DNA and RNA structure/composition/function
10. DNA synthesis and recombination
COURSE BIO 260
13. Regulation of Gene Expression
14. Transposable elements
15. Molecular Genetics
16. Chromosome Structure
17. Evolution and Natural Selection
18. Genetic diseases and disorders
Please list the activities required of all students in all sections of the course across the
UW Colleges (e.g., field trip, research paper, service learning); use as many numbers as
appropriate for this particular course. Do not include requirements that vary from
instructor to instructor.
1. Proficiencies assigned to the course: “analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and
interpret information and ideas”, “interpret graphs, tables, and diagrams”,
“read and listen with comprehension and critical perception”, “select and
apply scientific and other appropriate methodologies”, and “solve quantitative
and mathematical problems”.
2. The amount of writing, research, use of technology, etc. varies from one
instructor to the next.
UW-Eau Claire - BIOL 300 – Genetics Lab and Lecture
UW-Green Bay - Biology 303 - Genetics
UW-La Crosse – BIO 306 – Genetics
UW-Madison – Zoology 466 – General Genetics
UW-Milwaukee – BIOSCI 325 - Genetics
UW-Oshkosh – Biology EL – Biology and Microbiology elective
UW-Parkside – Gen EL – General Elective
UW- Platteville – BIOLOGY EL
UW-River Falls – BIOL 350- Genetics and Evolution
UW-Stevens Point – BIOL 210 – Genetics Principles
UW-Stout – BIO 332 – Genetics
UW- Superior- BIOL 330 - Genetics
UW-Whitewater – BIOL EL
DEPARTMENT CONTACT INFORMATION
Department chair - Dr. Elizabeth Hayes, UW-Fond du Lac
Chair’s e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair’s phone number 920-921-9664
Chair’s fax number 920-921-7640
DATE COMPLETED: August 17, 2006
SUBMITTED BY: Andrea Lukowiak