This class was tough.
The course material is mainly taught through a PowerPoint lecture, yet is highly interesting and engaging. It correlates to the textbook Genetics: From Genes to Genomes which I enjoyed. I feel much more well-versed in the field of genetics since the class exposed me to experiments that included discovery of the gene, DNA's semi-conservative structure, and the triplet code, to name a few. Recombination and complementation, calculating map distances between genes, and bacterial genetics were also added to my science repertoire!
In lab, I learned the map distance between eye color and bristle shape in Drosophila, along with plasmid mapping and yeast mutations through complementation testing. I also picked up proper lab techniques on micro-pipetting, centrifuging, PCR, and gel electrophoresis. In lecture we covered everything from beginning discoveries of DNA and genes, to restriction enzymes, the lac and trp operons, and ending with population genetics and calculating fitnesses, their effect on allele frequencies, and solving heritability problems.
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Advice for students:
I would advise students to supplement lecture topics with reading the book! The book is not referred to in class yet covers the same points and often contains deeper detail. Also, the professor is very kind with accommodating student's schedules to meet outside of office hours, and I felt going over my exam with her was always a huge gain.