PWS 188

Introduction to Genetics, Genomics, and Biotechnology

Plant and Wildlife Sciences College of Life Sciences

Course Description

Orientation to the genetics and biotechnology major and introduction to the scientific field, including undergraduate mentored research, internships, extracurricular activities, professional careers, scientific literature, and applications of biotechnology in biomedicine, plant and animal improvement, and environmental remediation. Developing fluency in primary vocabulary of the discipline, familiarization with key technologies, writing reviews of primary literature and portfolio establishment, experiencing basic laboratory protocols.

When Taught

Winter

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

1

Fixed

1

Fixed

1

Fixed

0

Recommended

PDBio 120 or concurrent enrollment.

Title

Career path orientation.

Learning Outcome

Students can describe a broad range of careers for geneticists and biotechnologists.

Title

Fluency in genetics vocabulary.

Learning Outcome

Students can understand and discuss basic concepts underlying genetics, biotechnology, and genomics.

Title

Orientation to experiential learning opportunities.

Learning Outcome

Students can identify and apply for undergraduate educational research opportunities (BYU mentored research and external internships).

Title

Familiarization with key technologies.

Learning Outcome

Students can explain basic operations and applications of existing and emerging technologies for applied genomics.

Title

Literature and writing in the primary discipline.

Learning Outcome

Students can readily access primary literature in the discipline and draw upon these sources to compose appropriately formatted literature reviews.