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ENV 2500 Introduction to Genetics: Current Applications


CEA Partner Institution: Veritas University
Location: San José, Costa Rica
Primary Subject Area: Env. Sciences
Instruction in: English
Course Details: Level 200
Recommended Semester Credits: 4
Contact Hours: 60
Prerequisites: Complete a basic Biology course


This is an introductory course where the concepts and applications of genetics are analyzed. This implies the use of basic theoretical-practical fundamentals in genetics to address problems in various fields, according to scientific literature. It is a current course in analyzing recent research topics and discussing controversial issues related to biotechnology. It has an essential practical complement by means of a field tour for the collection and analysis of samples. This will allow the development of several laboratory processes where the student acquires the skills to apply basic molecular techniques such as DNA extraction, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and electrophoresis. In addition, they will be able to use specialized software for the analysis of DNA sequences.

Through the analysis of specialized literature, the aim is to broaden the knowledge about the diversity of applications of genetics in different fields, with an emphasis on human genetics. During the course, we also develop skills in group work and leadership, as well as assertive communication in an oral and written form. This is a theoretical-practical course and it seeks to clarify the following question:
How to apply basic concepts and techniques in molecular genetics to address various problems in the management of genetic biodiversity?

The acquirement of the following skills will be promoted during the course:
- Basic concepts applied to genetics in various organisms
- Current genetic applications
- Specialized methods in the laboratory for the use of specific molecular markers
- Basic Bioinformatics concepts in molecular biology

The following skills will be promoted throughout the course:
- Ability to understand basic concepts and processes in genetics
- Ability to recognize techniques in molecular biology
- Ability to analyze DNA sequences using specialized software
- Ability to analyze critically Tropical issues related to applied genetics through the interpretation of scientific articles.

The following values and attitudes will be promoted among students:
- Critical thinking
- Logical and communicative intelligence
- Interest in solving problems
- Negotiating knowing how to inspire trust and empathy
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