Montgomery College 2018-2019 Catalog 
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Montgomery College 2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BIOL 220 - General Genetics

This course introduces major concepts in genetics at the cellular, molecular, and population levels; it also reviews and expands classical Mendelian principles, the molecular nature of the gene, gene action, gene regulation, and gene frequencies in populations. Examples, drawn from prokaryotes and eukaryotes, emphasize recent advances in health, medicine, and biotechnology. PREREQUISITE(S): A grade of C or better in BIOL 150 , MATH 117  or higher. Four hours of chemistry recommended but not required. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A , READ 120 . Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory each week. Formerly BI 209.

4 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:

  • Describe the development and basic principles of transmission, molecular, and population genetics.
  • Differentiate the characteristics of mitotic cell division and meiosis.
  • Explain different patterns of inheritance.
  • Solve basic genetic problems involving different modes of inheritance and application of the rules of probability.
  • Describe details of DNA structure, DNA replication, DNA mutation, and repair.
  • Explain gene expression and prokaryotic/eukaryotic gene regulation.
  • Be familiar with representative examples of model organisms (i.e. viruses, prokaryotes, and eukaryotes) used in experimental genetics.
  • Determine the map distance between genes using recombination analysis.
  • Solve basic population genetic problems involving application of the Hardy-Weinberg equation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform and apply basic laboratory methods used in the study of genetics.

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