Winter Session Course: Human Genetics


Contributed by Nancy Kotmel

Earn 3 credits in 12 days with an online course for non-biology majors!

What does it mean if alcoholism runs in my family?  Is there a gay gene?  Are humans evolving to be smarter? Can genetic engineering create better athletes? What are designer babies? Is racism genetic? Can we clone humans? What can I learn about my ancestry from genetic testing?  

Explore these questions and many more in an online course designed specifically for the non-biology major. In this 12-day, online course we will explore real-world issues in human genetics with an emphasis on personal health, the evolution of humans, and emerging ethical issues. The course is designed to be fun, interactive, fast-paced, and personalized to the goals and interests of each student. The course is centered around several core projects that give students the opportunity to explore topics of their own interest and research their own family history.

BIOL 10700,  Human Genetics   
January 6-17, 2014
3 credits, no prerequisites
Fulfills 3 credits of distribution requirements: General Education Science 2a, Natural Science (NS), and Liberal Arts (LA) 

For more information, see the syllabus for the course.  Register now on Homerconnect.   For more information, contact instructor Erica Marx at