New class teaches BC students about their genetic makeups

New class teaches BC students about their genetic makeups

Mon Dec 9, 2013

Brazosport College is introducing a course this coming semester that allows students to learn more about their inherited genetic identities.

 
The new class, Genetics (BIOL 2316), will allow students to explore their genetic makeup, providing examples about how genetics shape who we are, how we act and behave, and even why we are attracted to particular mates.
 
The course will be beneficial for students with career aspirations in fields that deal with human health, disease, learning, metabolism, cancer, basic science research or health-related professions.
 
“Genetics 2316 highlights foundational concepts like Mendelian inheritance patterns and population, environmental, and developmental genetics principles,” said Brazosport College Instructor of Life Sciences and course instructor Dr. Isaiah Schauer. “However, we’ll also emphasize how modern biotechnological gene analysis impacts everything from crime scene forensics to gene splicing in food crops and livestock animals.
 
“And we’ll certainly discuss genetic diseases and syndromes, what’s currently known regarding genetic and epigenetic causes of cancer, and how genetic engineering, personalized genomic medicine, and stem cell therapy present both ethical and social future challenges,” Schauer added.
 
Genetics 2316 is a non-laboratory course and earns students three credit hours. The course fulfills science course required credits for the Associate of Science Degree program, but will not fulfill core-curriculum science course credit requirements. The class should also be accepted as science transfer credits among life science-based Bachelor of Science programs at Texas state universities, but students should always check with future advisors and counselors before registration.
 
A grade of C or better in General Biology I (BIOL 1406) is required before taking Genetics 2316. College-level reading and writing are also required.
 
The class will be offered in the Spring 2014 semester from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
 
For more information about Genetics 2316, call Schauer at 979.230.3123 or e-mailIsaiah.schauer@brazosport.eduVisit Schauer’s webpage at www.brazosport.edu/faculty-staff/directory/IsaiahSchauer/Pages/Isaiah%20G.%20Schauer.aspx
 
Registration for the Spring 2014 semester is ongoing at Brazosport College. To learn more about registering for classes, visit www.brazosport.edu/register.