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Investigations in Genetics

The field of genetics—the study of genes, genetic variation, and heredity—has rapidly progressed within this last century, effectively changing and shaping our understanding of many different fields. Understanding genetics provides a coherent framework for thinking about many other fields, such as biology, medicine, and evolution. In this course, we will provide an interdisciplinary approach to understand many subjects in which genetics plays a fundamental role. Students will be able to approach questions such as: What role does genetic regulation play in disease manifestation? How can we understand the composition of the microbiome and how it evolves over time? How do we design experiments using new technology (sequencing, CRISPR Cas9) to begin to answer new genetics questions? This course will provide insight into the role of genetics in our everyday life, as well as the scientific details that lie beneath it.

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Session Two
at the time of application
Scheduled Class Time*

04:00 PM - 07:00 PM (PDT)

*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live class during this window of time. The exact time will be set closer to the program start. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.


Students should have completed  at least one course in high school biology.