Genetics Courses

CPSC 352

Plant and Animal Genetics

Credit: 4 hours

The principles of heredity in relation to plant and animal improvement. Same as ANSC 340, and NRES 352. Prerequisite: IB 103 or IB 104.

CPSC 432

Genetic Toxicology

Credit: 3 hours

The analysis of mutation induction and the molecular mechanisms of DNA damage and repair. Applications include the role of somatic mutation in human and animal diseases, the use of mutagens in plant and animal selection, and environmental cancer and genetic disease.

ANSC 446

Population Genetics

Credit: 3+ hours

Mathematical theory of the genetics of populations: estimation of allele frequency for autosomal and X-chromosomal loci, Hardy-Weinberg principle, systems of mating, relationship between relatives, forces that change allele frequency, and quantitative inheritance. Applications to animals, plants, and humans. Same as IB 416. Students desiring 4 hours credit do additional work in some area of population genetics. Prerequisite: CPSC 352; IB 150 or IB 201; one of MATH 220, MATH 221, MATH 234; or consent of instructor.

CPSC 452

Evolutionary Genetics and Genonmics

Credit: 3 hours

Selected contemporary topics in genetics are covered with examples primarily from plants, humans, and animals. Topics include nature of genes and genomes, mutations and their analysis, allelic diversity, use of recombinant DNA to enhance genetic analysis, structural and functional genomics, molecular marker mapping of quantitative trait loci, marker assisted selection, proteomics, bioinformatics, and transgenics. Prerequisite: CPSC 352, or MCB 106, or consent of instructor.

CPSC 462

Plant Molecular Biology

Credit: 1 hour

The basic concepts and methodologies of measuring plant gene expression and gene product activity and constructing transgenic plants are presented and discussed. Serves as a gateway to specialized methodology approaches covered in IB 473, IB 474, and IB 475. Same as IB 472. Prerequisite: MCB 150 and IB 204; or consent of instructor.

CPSC 465

Ethics in Biotechnology

Credit: 3 hours

Covers principles of ethics related to developments in biotechnology, the impact of biotechnology on environments, health, and food, and societal perception and conflict in addressing biotechnology. The course includes discussion, debate, and conflict resolution. Same as ANSC 465 and CPSC 465. Prerequisite: CPSC 261 or CPSC 265.

CPSC 466

Genomics for Plant Improvement

Credit: 2 hours

Plant breeding has always been a genomic science, where the genomes with best performance are identified, selected, and distributed for cultivation. New technologies for characterizing genomes and their function greatly enhance the information base available for improving crops through molecular breeding approaches. Through examination of recent literature and data analysis exercises, students will apply recent advances in genomic science to the discovery, creation and selection of improved plant varieties.

CPSC 467

Plant Genomics

Credit: 1 hour

Provides broad overview of structural and functional genomics, including genetic and physical mapping, whole genome sequencing, comparative genomic analysis, evolution of gene families and repetitive sequences, genome-wide expression analysis. Emphasis on structural and comparative genomics with brief introduction to functional genomics and bioinformatics. Same as IB 467. Prerequisite: MCB 250; IB 472; or consent of instructor.

CPSC 468

Plant Proteomics

Credit: 1 hour

Broad introduction to plant proteomics, including a survey of contemporary methods and their applications for protein identification and the study of posttranslational modifications and protein-protein interactions. These topics will be studied in relation to the proteomes of organs and subcellular compartments, stress, nutrition, and signal transduction. Same as IB 474. Prerequisite: MCB 354; IB 472; or consent of instructor.

CPSC 469

Plant Metabolomics

Credit: 1 hour

An introduction to plant metabolomics. Metabolites are not only compounds being modified in pathways, but also are signals that connect metabolic homeostasis to growth and development of organs and cells in plants. Introduces the complexities of metabolism profiling, the dynamics of metabolite changes in plants under stress, and the current concepts on pathway tracing and elucidation. Includes an introduction to basic and advanced research methods, including the use of statistical methods and bioinformatics. Same as IB 469. Prerequisite: MCB 354; IB 472; or consent of instructor.

IB 472

Plant Molecular Biology

Credit: 1 hour

The basic concepts and methodologies of measuring plant gene expression and gene product activity and constructing transgenic plants are presented and discussed. Serves as a gateway to specialized methodology approaches covered in IB 473, IB 474, and IB 475. Same as CPSC 462. Prerequisite: MCB 150 and IB 204; or consent of instructor.

PLPA 509

Molecular Biology of Microbe-Plant Interactions

Credit: 3 hours

Detailed analysis of the microbe-plant interaction at the molecular level. Covers commensal, symbiotic, and pathogenic interactions from viewpoint of both plant and microbe. Emphasizes microbial and plant genes involved in the interactions, their organization, regulation of expression and the nature and function of the encoded gene products. Same as MCB 511. Prerequisite: PLPA 403, or equivalent; MCB 421, or MCB 430, or equivalent; and MCB 350 or equivalent.

CPSC 563


Credit: 3 hours

This class includes cytogenetic analysis of eukaryotic organisms, the role of chromosomes in genome organization and evolution, and introduction to molecular cytogenetic laboratory techniques such as mitotic analysis, chromosome banding, flow cytogenetics, somatic cell genetics, chromosomal length polymorphisms, fluorescent microscopy and in situ hybridization. Prerequisite: CPSC 352 and MCB 350, or consent of instructor.

CPSC 566

Plant Gene Regulation

Credit: 4 hours

Current topics and literature on the function and regulation of higher plant genes. Topics of emphasis: transposable elements, their effect on gene expression and variation, and uses in tagging and isolating genes; the developmental, tissue specific, or environmental regulations of plant genes; the structure, synthesis, subcellular targeting, and regulation of major cereal and legume seed proteins; the use of genetic engineering to explore the regulation of plant genes or to alter traits of agricultural importance. Same as HORT 566. Prerequisite: CPSC 352, MCB 350, or consent of instructor.

CPSC 568

Recombinant DNA Technology Lab

Credit: 2 hours

Intensive instruction in the core methodologies of recombinant DNA technology. Students will generate and analyze recombinant DNA clones, using methods such as PCR; DNA isolation, restriction and ligation; electrophoresis; hybridization; DNA sequencing; computer-based sequence analysis. Summer session I. Prerequisite: CPSC 352 or MCB 350, or equivalent, and consent of instructor.