Human Genetics: Summer online course for non-biology majors


Contributed by Nancy Kotmel


Is there a gay gene? What are designer babies? Can we clone humans? What does it mean if alcoholism runs in my family? Did we really evolve from monkeys? Is depression genetic? What is genetic testing?

Explore these questions and many more in a five-week online course designed specifically for the non-biology major.



This fast-paced course is designed to be fun, interactive, and personalized to the goals and interests of each student. Emphasis is on personal health, evolution, and emerging ethical issues in human genetics.

The course is largely project-based, and you will have the opportunity to research your own family history as well as topics of your choice related to human traits.

BIOL 10700,  Human Genetics 
May 27- June 27, 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 course syllabus.

Register now via Homerconnect

For more information, contact instructor Erica Marx at


Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Extended Studies at We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.