BIO 614 Contemporary Topics in Genetics: A Hands-On Approach

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Course Description:

This course examines current topics in the fields of human and medical genetics. Topics and activities change for each offering due to the rapid advances in the field of genetics. Instruction by genetics professionals will provide accurate interpretation of these topics and serve to clarify much of the public media's information.

The course requires the completion of online didactic instruction and a concluding interactive two-day laboratory workshop on the GGC campus in Greenwood. Teachers can choose to attend the June 25-26 or June 28-29 workshop. Course materials will be available via Lander University's Blackboard. Partcipants are responsible for accessing the material and meeting all assignment deadlines.


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.

Course Objectives

  • To increase understanding of the role genetics plays in society and health.
  • To provide accurate analyses of current and sometimes controversial topis in genetics.
  • To examine the role of genetic variation in human disease.
  • To provide new activities for classroom incorporation.
  • To allow opportunities to discuss the ethical and social implications of genetics in decision making.
  • To emphasize the relevance and application of genetics and genetics activities in the classroom.
  • To provide science instruction in genetics that support the SC Science Standards.
  • To expose teachers to current topics and technologies to facilitate classroom learning and laboratory opportunities.


  • Building block of genetics and molecular medicine
  • Modern genetic testing: arrays, sequencing, proteomics, and metabolomics
  • Bioinformatics and application to medicine
  • CRISPR technology
  • Ethical concerns


To receive course credit, partcipants must complete one two-day interactive workshop. Workshops will be held at the Greenwood Genetic Center's Genetic Education Center. 

Workshop dates will be June 25-26 and June 28-29, 2018.


Registrations are welcomed from instructors at the high school and undergraduate levels. The level of instruction assumes the applicants have some biology and human genetics training. The graduate course credits will be given through Lander University, Department of Biological Sciences.

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.