GGSC-Genetic and Genomic Sciences

Courses

GGSC 101. Your Genome. 3 Hours.

Advances in genetics and genomics, and especially the sequencing of the human genome, are making it possible to customize medical care to the specific needs of an individual. This course will introduce students to basic concepts in genetics and genomic sciences, as well as familiarize them with the various tools available that enable personalization of healthcare. Students from a wide range of disciplines with minimum scientific background can participate, and there is no required textbook. This course is intended for non-Genetics and Genomic Sciences majors.

GGSC 201. Research Experience in Molecular Genetics. 3 Hours.

A course-based authentic research experience with the CRISPR-Cas9 technology (programmable nucleases) to make genetic modifications in a model organism.

GGSC 250. Special Topics in Genetics and Genomics Sciences. 3 Hours.

Covers different topics including fundamentals and applications in the fields of genetics and genomics.

GGSC 310. Genome Structure and Organization. 3 Hours.

This course will cover the general concepts of genomics including gene structure and function, genomic technologies and their applications, and comparative genomics.
Prerequisites: BY 210 [Min Grade: C] and CH 117 [Min Grade: C] and CH 118 [Min Grade: C]

GGSC 320. Colloquium in Genetics and Genomics Science. 1 Hour.

Faculty-led seminar course that exposes students to cutting edge research topics and career opportunities in the fields of genetics and genomics. Students will read assigned articles and be prepared for discussion.

GGSC 350. Special Topics in Genetics and Genomics Sciences. 3 Hours.

Covers different topics including fundamentals and applications in the fields of genetics and genomics.

GGSC 355. Independent Study in Genetics and Genomics Sciences. 1-3 Hour.

In-depth study of fundamentals and applications in the fields of genetics and genomics under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Permission of Instructor Only.

GGSC 380. Undergraduate Research in Genetics and Genomics Sciences. 1-3 Hour.

Research project for non-GGS Honors students under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. May be repeated for a total of 9 semester credit hours in a 2 or 3 semester period.

GGSC 390. Honors Research in Genetics and Genomics Sciences. 1-3 Hour.

Research project for GGS Honors students under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. May be repeated for a total of 9 semester credit hours in a 2 or 3 semester period.

GGSC 410. Genetic Basis of Human Disease. 3 Hours.

This course will focus on the medical applications of genetics and genomic technologies. Topics covered include, but are not limited to major forms of chromosomal abnormalities, mutations and genetic disorders, genetic risk assessment and population genetics, and genomic approaches to diagnosis.

GGSC 420. Applications of Bioinformatics. 3 Hours.

Introduction to computational tools and bioinformatics databases used in the fields of genetics and genomic sciences. This course will cover a wide variety of different bioinformatics applications, which will be taught through use of available on-line bioinformatics resources. Topics covered include large-scale genomic databases, sequence analysis systems, protein sequence analysis, structural bioinformatics, protein folding, and homology modeling.
Prerequisites: BY 210 [Min Grade: C] and CH 117 [Min Grade: C] and CH 118 [Min Grade: C]

GGSC 490. Model Systems for Genetics Disorders. 3 Hours.

Invertebrate and non-human vertebrate species are commonly used in scientific research work to provide significant insights into human genetic processes and disease. This course focuses on the different methods and strategies by which researchers use these systems for genetic and genomic analyses of human biology and relevant disorders. Model organisms covered include, but are not limited to nematodes (C. elegans), fruit flies (Drosophila sp.), zebrafish (Danio rerio), and mice (Mus musculus). Capstone course (GGS majors). Students who enroll in this class as their capstone experience are expected to do writing and ethics assignments to fulfill their capstone requirement.
Prerequisites: BY 210 [Min Grade: C] and CH 117 [Min Grade: C] and CH 118 [Min Grade: C]

GGSC 491. Personalized Genomic Medicine. 3 Hours.

Significant developments in the fields of genetics and genomics are making it possible to tailor medical care to the specific needs of patients. New diagnostic tests, up to and including whole genome sequencing, provide increasingly powerful tools for the identification of the genetic basis of both rare and common disorders. Better understanding of the causes of disease are permitting drugs to be developed that precisely target disease mechanisms, increasing the efficacy and avoiding side effects. These and other new advanced are leading to major changes in healthcare delivery and provide the consumer with new opportunities and complex choices. This course will focus on exploring state-of-the-art genetic, genomic, and informatic tools now available to enable personalization of healthcare. Capstone course (GGS majors). Students who enroll in this class are expected to do writing and ethics assignments to fulfill their capstone requirement.
Prerequisites: BY 210 [Min Grade: C] and CH 117 [Min Grade: C] and CH 118 [Min Grade: C]

GGSC 492. Undergraduate Research Seminar in Genetics and Genomic Sciences. 3 Hours.

Elective course for non-GGS Honors students who perform at least two semesters of GGSC 380. Over the course of the semester, students will learn how to develop and complete a paper or thesis on their research work while working closely with a supervising faculty member. In addition, the course will prepare them to present their research findings in a seminar format. Through these activities, students will develop effective skills in both written and oral scientific communication. Students will present a formal seminar on their research at the end of the course. This course can be taken the first semester following the completion of the research project, or alternatively can be taken concurrently with Undergraduate Research in Genetics and Genomic Sciences (GGSC 380) during the student’s final semester of supervised research. Designated a Capstone course (GGS majors).

GGSC 493. Honors Research Seminar in Genetics and Genomic Sciences. 3 Hours.

All GGS Honors students are required to take this weekly course. Over the course of the semester, students will learn how to develop and complete a paper or thesis on their research work while working closely with a supervising faculty member. In addition, the course will prepare them to present their research findings in a seminar format. Through these activities, students will develop effective skills in both written and oral scientific communication. Students will present a formal seminar on their research at the end of the course. This course can be taken the first semester following the completion of the research project, or alternatively can be taken concurrently with Honors Research in Genetics and Genomic Sciences (GGSC 390) during the student’s final semester of supervised research. Can be taken as a Capstone course (GGS majors).