Academic Calendar

GENE – Genetics

GENE 317
Genetics and Society
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-1)

This course examines select advances in genetics and molecular biology and their impact on society. Social, legal, political and ethical aspects are discussed, emphasizing a Canadian perspective. Contemporary issues related to these fields are examined in a historical context including reflection on potential implications for the future.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in BIOL 207.

GENE 369
Genetic Analysis of Bacteria
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-1)

This course provides an extensive survey of the principles of bacterial genetics, and the role bacteria and bacteriophages have played in the development of molecular genetics. Major topics include mechanisms of genetic exchange and genome plasticity in bacteria, and the properties of lytic and lysogenic bacteriophages. Key concepts are applied to experimental strategies for genetic mapping and mutational analysis. Note: Credit can only be obtained in one of GENE 270 or GENE 369.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in BIOL 205 and in BIOL 207.

GENE 370
Genetic Analysis of Eukaryotes
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-1)

This course provides a survey of genetic analysis in select model eukaryotes. Strategies involving both classical genetic approaches and molecular methods for genetic screens, mutational analysis, and probing gene function in eukaryotes are presented.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in BIOL 205 and in BIOL 207.

GENE 400
Genome Organization
3 Credits          Weekly (3-3-0)

This course is an introduction to the field of genomics. The organization and expression of the genetic material in both simple and complex model systems are examined. Genomic techniques including sequencing, microarray analysis, proteomics and bioinformatics are discussed. Attention is paid to the application of genomics to understanding biological phenomena.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in GENE 369 and in GENE 370.

GENE 404
Investigations into Gene Regulation
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-1)

This course investigates and compares mechanisms of gene expression and regulation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Current scientific understanding of gene regulation is explored through a critical analysis of primary literature. Transcriptional, post-transcriptional, translational, post-translational and epigenetic regulatory mechanisms are discussed.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in GENE 369 and in GENE 370.

GENE 418
Human Genetics
3 Credits          Weekly (3-0-1)

This course examines the principles and methods of genetics as they relate to humans as individuals and in populations. Classical and modern approaches used in the identification and analysis of Mendelian, complex and chromosomal disorders are discussed with the contextual emphasis on the relationship between basic science and human disease. The relevance of advances in these areas of human genetics to the diagnosis and treatment of genetic diseases is examined.

Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in GENE 370.