BIO 612 Special Topics: A Survey Course in Human Genetics

BIO 612 is an online hybrid course available May 17-June 28, 2017

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Course Description

This course presents an overview of human genetics with emphasis on the latest understanding of the role of genetics in human disease and medical diagnoses, results and implications of the Human Genome Project, Mendelian and non-traditional inheritance and the impact of genetics in society and education. The course provides an introduction to cytogenetics, molecular genetics, and biochemical genetics.


This graded course carries 3 graduate credit hours which may be applied to teacher re-certification or to a graduate program for South Carolina teachers. Out-of-state teachers must satisfy out-of-state fees to receive graduate hours.


The course inlcudes online lectures through Lander University's Blackboard system as well as a workshop including lab activities.

Course Objectives

This course will:

  • Increase understanding of the role of genetics in society and health.
  • Emphasize the relevance and application of genetics and genetics activities in the classroom.
  • Provide instruction in genetics and molecular biology as stated in the South Carolina Science Standards.
  • Expose teachers to developing topics and technology in order to facilitate classroom learning and laboratory opportunities.

Lecture Topics

  • Basic Principles of Genetics
  • DNA, Genes, and other elements
  • Complex Inheritance
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Family History/ Genetic Counseling
  • Genetic Testing/Ethics
  • Careers in the Life Sciences


To receive course credit, participants must complete a two day interactive workshop. Workshops will be held at the Greenwood Genetic Center's Education center and at alternate locations in SC on the Gene Machine Mobile Science Lab. Workshop dates are June 19-20, 21-22, 26-27, and 29-30. Offsite locations to be determined.


This is a graded, graduate level course requiring:

  • Viewing of all online lectures
  • Completion of all online quizzes and assessments
  • Completion of assigned readings
  • Participation in group discussions
  • Participation in one of the hands-on workshops


Registrations are welcomed from science faculty who instruct at the high school and undergraduate levels. The level of instruction assumes the applicants have some biology and genetics training. The graduate course credits will be given through Lander University's Department of Biological Sciences. The course fee of $200 is dues with the registration form. The deadline to enroll is April 26, 2017.

Additional Information

Course Coordinator

  • Leta M. Tribble, Ph.D. (864) 943-4170; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.