Genetics & Evolution is a course for students who are interested in exploring the transfer and analysis of genetic information across generations from a hereditary, molecular, and evolutionary perspective. Genetics is essential for understanding all fields of biology, and this course will help students develop a strong framework for their futures as scientists.
Help students develop a core understanding of molecular genetics and Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetic analysis.
Explore the transmission and origin of genetic diseases through pedigree, karyotype, SNP, and STR analysis.
Understand the most widely used genetic technologies, including PCR, Southern blot, gel electrophoresis, Sanger sequencing, and next-gen sequencing!
Delve into more difficult concepts such as linkage mapping, epistasis, and recombination frequencies.
Expand student knowledge to a macroevolutionary perspective, exploring phylogenetic trees, sympatric and allopatric speciation, and more!
Personalized tips and tricks from a Science Olympiad Division B Heredity coach!
Virtual labs and other activities that give students the opportunity to apply what they've learned to real world applications.
A Discord server where students can collaborate on material, form friendships, and join a community of talented peers.
Class Times: Sundays 3PM - 4PM ET
Length: October 18 - January 10 (12 weeks)
Recommended Prerequisites: Biology or general science class that covers basic biological concepts. Introduction to Biology at Illumina Learning is adequate as well.
Grade Range: 6+