Genetics Honors

Course Number: 420/421

Open To:
Grades 10-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Meets Laboratory Science area “D” requirement.

Course Description:
This course focuses on current developments and applications in the field of genetics from a human perspective. Topics include: molecular and cellular biology, DNA, gene function, genetic engineering, evolution, inheritance patterns, chromosomes, chromosomal behavior and abnormalities, genetic disorders, microbial genetics, biotechnology, genetics of cancer, and developmental biology. Associated lab work includes short- and-long term experiments and problems that are designed to reinforce the concepts learned in class. Lab activities may include: Mendelian inheritance experiments and problems, DNA analysis, PCR, pedigree analysis, karyotyping, blood work, fingerprinting, human trait studies, statistics, electrophoresis, recombinant DNA, along with various case studies.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Human Genetics, Concepts and Applications, 11th ed.; Ricki Lewis; Copyright 2015, McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 9780073525365 (hard copy)

ISBN: ISBN 978-0-07-352536-5 (paperback)

ISBN: 9780077658922 (e-text)

Level of Difficulty:
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Biology and Chemistry with a "B" or higher both semesters