Courses


Genetics (BIOL3315)
Genetics provides an introduction into the processes of the central dogma of molecular biology (DNA replication, transcription, and translation), genetic analysis, recombination, population biology, and contemporary genomic methodologies. Students should expect to hone their problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge to real-world issues facing society today. This course is offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer, and is taught by Dr. Fujita, Dr. Betran, Dr. Fondon, and Dr. Castoe.

Genomics (BIOL3317), Essential of Genomics (BIOL5335)
With the field and technologies of genomics changing at a rapid pace, this course provides a dynamic introduction to genome biology with an emphasis on evolutionary processes. Topics include population genomics, next-generation sequencing, genome assembly, the central dogma of molecular biology, and genome analysis. Students are expected to think critically and apply their knowledge in a problem-solving framework. This course is offered in the Fall and is taught by Dr. Fujita and Dr. Castoe.

Genome Analysis (BIOL5308)
The increase in genomic data is accelerating, and students need to be prepared to analyze enormous datasets. This course is an extension of our Genomics course with a heavy emphasis on analytical approaches to studying genomes. Topic covered include models of evolution, phylogenetic analysis, genome assembly, read mapping, population genomics, and repetitive element analysis. This course requires significant background in Genetics and/or Genomics. This course is offered in the Spring and is taught by Dr. Castoe and Dr. Fujita.

Bioinformatics (BIOL5340)
Data analysis is fastly becoming more custom to individual researchers as big data accumulates in the post-genomic era. This course provides the theoretical and practical foundation to analyze genome datasets. In addition to core bioinformatics topics such as multiple alignment and motif finding, this course provides invaluable training in computational skills, including shell scripting and programming in Python. This course is offered in the Fall and is taught by Dr. Demuth.

Methods in Molecular Microbiology (BIOL3445)
This course provides students with an overview of techniques used to manipulate microorganisms for biological research. Students will gain a historical perspective of techniques used in microbiology (Winogradsky column, Koch solid agar plating), and learn contemporary approaches to genetic manipulation, including genomic DNA isolation, polymerase chain reaction, and DNA sequence analysis. This course is offered in the Spring and is taught by Dr. Rodrigues.

Molecular Evolution (BIOL5336)

Advanced Genetics (BIOL5312)

Human Genetics (BIOL5319)

Advanced Molecular Biology (BIOL5331)

Mobile DNA Mechanisms and Regulation (BIOL5334)

Population Genetics (BIOL5364)

Genetics Methods Lab (BIOL5420)

Evolution (BIOL5311)