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2012 - 2013

BS in Genetics and Biotechnology
(61 hours*)


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  1. Complete the following core courses:
      BIO 165 : Introduction to Bioinformatics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      BIO 165 : Introduction to Bioinformatics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      DESCRIPTION: Introduction to basic concepts in bioinformatics. Standard bioinformatic applications.

      Course Outcomes


      CHEM 105 : General College Chemistry. (4:5:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 105 : General College Chemistry. (4:5:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Math 110 (or equivalent) or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Atomic and molecular structure including bonding and periodic properties of the elements; reaction energetics, electrochemistry, acids and bases, inorganic and organic chemistry.
      NOTE: Primarily for students in engineering and biological sciences. Three lectures and two recitation sections per week.

      Course Outcomes


      CHEM 106 : General College Chemistry. (3:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 106 : General College Chemistry. (3:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: CHEM 105; or CHEM 111
      DESCRIPTION: Continuation of Chem 105 but covering most of the topics in a more quantitative way. Detailed treatment of thermodynamics and equilibria.
      NOTE: Three lectures and one recitation section per week.

      Course Outcomes


      CHEM 107 : General College Chemistry Laboratory. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CHEM 107 : General College Chemistry Laboratory. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Chem 106 or Chem 112 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Chemical properties, chemical reactions, collection and interpretation of data, preparation of reports.
      NOTE: Required for most students needing one year of general chemistry.

      Course Outcomes


      MMBIO 240 : Molecular Biology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      MMBIO 240 : Molecular Biology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: CHEM 105; Bio 130 or MMBio 151 or PDBio 120.
      DESCRIPTION: Fundamentals of protein and nucleic acid structure and their function in the context of the classical experiments that have informed our current models of biology at the molecular level.

      Course Outcomes


      PDBIO 120 : Science of Biology. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PDBIO 120 : Science of Biology. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: General biology course designed for biological science majors, emphasizing the scientific method, cell theory, biochemical unity, the central dogma, bioenergetics, reproduction, and evolutionary theory.

      Course Outcomes


      PDBIO 360 : Cell Biology. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: MMBIO 240
      DESCRIPTION: Fundamentals of cell structure and function with reference to analytical methods used by cell biologists. Practice in designing, executing, and interpreting relative experiments.

      Course Outcomes


      PWS 188 : Introduction to Genetics and Biotechnology. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PWS 188 : Introduction to Genetics and Biotechnology. (2:2:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      RECOMMENDED: PDBio 120 or concurrent enrollment.
      DESCRIPTION: Orientation to the genetics and biotechnology major and introduction to the scientific field, including undergraduate mentored research, internships, extracurricular activities, professional careers, scientific literature, and applications of biotechnology in biomedicine, plant and animal improvement, and environmental remediation. Developing fluency in primary vocabulary of the discipline, familiarization with key technologies, writing reviews of primary literature and portfolio establishment, experiencing basic laboratory protocols.

      Course Outcomes


      PWS 288 : Mentored Laboratory Techniques. (2:.5:1.5)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PWS 288 : Mentored Laboratory Techniques. (2:.5:1.5)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: CHEM 105
      DESCRIPTION: Mentored, systematic instruction in basic biotechnology techniques and their application in addressing molecular genetic research questions.

      Course Outcomes


      PWS 340 : Genetics. (2:2:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: MMBIO 240
      DESCRIPTION: Genetic mechanisms, their fundamental nature, interactions, and applications to human affairs. Genetics in quantitative terms. Extensive practice in problem solving.

      Course Outcomes


      PWS 468 : (PWS-Bio-MMBio) Genomics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PWS 468 : (PWS-Bio-MMBio) Genomics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: MMBIO 240 & PWS 340
      DESCRIPTION: Current analysis of genes and genomes; computational and statistical approaches for analyzing genomic data, including genome sequencing and annotation, gene expression and the transcriptome, proteomics and functional genomics, and genetic variation and SNPs.

      Course Outcomes


      PWS 488 : Readings in Biotechnology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PWS 488 : Readings in Biotechnology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: PWS 340 & PDBIO 360
      RECOMMENDED: PWS 440 or PDBio 362.
      DESCRIPTION: Capstone course for the genetics and biotechnology major focusing on scientific literature relating to the biotechnological improvement of plants, animals, and microbes.
      NOTE: Course should be taken the last year before graduation.

      Course Outcomes



      And complete one of the following:
  2. Complete 26 hours from one of the following tracks:

    1. Plant Genetics and biotechnology core track:
      1. Complete the following:

      2. Complete an additional 3 hours from the general major electives list below.
    2. Animal genetics and biotechnology core track:
      1. Complete the following:
      2. Complete one of the following:
          BIO 380 : Comparative Animal Physiology and Anatomy. (4:3:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          BIO 380 : Comparative Animal Physiology and Anatomy. (4:3:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
          PREREQUISITE: Bio 220A or instructor's consent.
          DESCRIPTION: Structure and function of animal organ systems; structural and physiological responses to demands of and changes in environment; evolutionary constraints on anatomy and physiology.

          Course Outcomes


          PDBIO 362 : Advanced Physiology. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          PDBIO 362 : Advanced Physiology. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
          WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
          PREREQUISITE: MMBIO 240 & PHSCS 106; or MMBIO 240 & PHSCS 220
          DESCRIPTION: Integrated approach to organ system and cellular physiology. Problem solving/calculations.
          NOTE: Requires background in chemistry and molecular biology. Students without this background should take PDBio 305.

          Course Outcomes


      3. Complete two credit hours from one of the following:
      4. Complete an additional 6–7 hours from the general major electives list below.

    3. Microbial genetics and biotechnology core track:
      1. Complete the following:
      2. Complete two credit hours from one of the following:
      3. Complete an additional 2 hours from the general major electives list below.
    4. Bio-business core track:
      1. Complete the following:
      2. Complete one of the following:
      3. Complete one of the following:
      4. Complete an additional 6 hours from the general major electives list below.

General Major Electives:



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