Getting Started

Welcome to BIOL 133! This course is an overview of our current knowledge of human heredity and genetic issues.  Background information that is necessary for understanding these issues will be taught, including cell structure, the structure and function of DNA, chromosomes, inheritance, population genetics, cancer, and genetic technology. This course will include recorded lectures, textbook readings, web-based activities, individual and group problem-solving, as well as group discussions via web bulletin boards. The goal of this course is to equip students with sufficient scientific knowledge to make informed decisions about genetic issues and the ability to discuss these issues intelligently.

  • Introduction to Human Genetics
  • Cells and Cell Division
  • Cytogenetics and Karyotypes
  • DNA Structure and Replication
  • Gene Mutations
  • Genes and Cancer
  • Reproductive technology and gene therapy
  • Genetics of behavior
  • Population genetics and human evolution

Each topic contains a folder on the main lesson page of this course. Each topic is outlined as following:

  1. Overview containing the objectives for the lesson
  2. Reading assignments
  3. Instructional materials in the forms of video and PowerPoints.
  4. Assignments that you are required to complete before moving on.

Your performance will be evaluated in multiple ways.

  • Quizzes and Exams
  • Writing Assignments
  • Case Studies
  • Videos
  • Bulletin Board Activities and Discussion Forums