Genetics and Evolution of the Human Species
This course is an overview of our current knowledge of human heredity, genetic issues, genetic diseases, and human evolution. Background information that is necessary for understanding these issues will be taught including cell structure, the structure and function of DNA and chromosomes, patterns of inheritance, population genetics, and genetic technologies. Throughout the course, students will explore and discuss genetic issues, make informed decisions about genetic issues relating to their personal health, illustrate the impact of genetic technologies on our everyday lives, identify where to find information and web pages relating to genetic issues, and summarize the major theories of human evolution. They will also research genetic conditions within their own families and have the opportunity to share what they have learned, as well as read and describe popular science articles pertaining to genetic issues. This course is intended for non-biology majors and does not include a detailed analysis of human genetics.