Course Description

Genetics is at the very core of modern biology, and becoming increasingly important as the advances of genomics begin to find their way into our everyday lives. A strong understanding of the fundamental concepts of this field is essential for anyone wishing to pursue a career in biology or the health sciences. BIO260 provides an introduction to fundamental genetic concepts, with an emphasis on transmission genetics, evolutionary genetics, and genomics. We will focus on the nature of genes, mechanisms of genetic inheritance and regulation, the relationship between genotype and phenotype, the use and significance of genetic variation for the study of gene function and evolutionary processes, the use of genomic methods to further our understand of the organization, structure, function and interaction of genes, and the power of model systems for elucidating fundamental genetic questions. This course will discuss how genetic experiments can revolutionize our knowledge and lead to the development of new scientific concepts. Problem solving is an important component of genetic analysis, and strongly emphasized in this class.


BIO230H1 / BIO255H1




Prof. P. McCourt (Team leader)
Prof. D. Guttman

Course Administrator

Nalini Dominique-Guyah
RW 424E

Contact Hours

48L, 12T

Evaluation (Subject to change)

Two Assignments: 25%
Five Quizzes: 25%
Midterm: 25%
Final Exam: 25%

Last updated on June 13th, 2022