Fundamental Genetics

Course Details

Course Number
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Fall 2012
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
Dr. William B. Cook (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Genetics, A Conceptual Approach
A basic genetic textbook

Course Objectives

The student will learn the history of the science of genetics.

The student will learn the importance of genetics to the understanding of all life.

The student will learn the fundamental principles of transmission genetics.

The student will learn the fundamental principles of molecular genetics.

The student will learn the fundamental principles of population genetics.

Course Expectations

The student should refer to the MSU Student Handbook ( studentaffairs/handbook.asp) for university policies related to student responsibilities, rights and activities.  For example, review the Student Honor Creed and its supporting four-paragraph explanation on page 4.  For more detail, see page 77 for definitions of academic dishonesty that may be subject to disciplinary action, including plagiarism, cheating and collusion, page 77 for the university policy on classroom conduct, pages 43-45 for statements on class attendance and for an explanation of procedures for authorized absences and grounds for an instructor-initiated drop from the course.

Grading Standards

The final course score will be calculated as follows:


                                    Lecture examination score average                                45%

                                    Laboratory score                                                             25%

                                    Weekly quiz scores                                                         10%

                                    Discussion participation/relevance                                 10%                     

                                    Animation exercises                                                         5%                     

                                    Lecture attendance                                                          5%




      Letter grades will be assigned according to the following scale:


                                    90 -100%    A

                                    80 -  89%    B

                                    70 -  79%    C

                                    60 -  69%    D

                                          < 60%    F

Final Exam

12/12/2012 8:00-10:00 A.M.

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance at scheduled lectures is required.  Attendance will contribute to the final course score.

Other Policies

      Examinations will be administered on the dates indicated above.  Make-up exams will not be given.  A missed exam score may be replaced by the score earned on the portion of the comprehensive final examination that covers the same material as the missed exam.

      The laboratory portion of the course is meant to illustrate principles that are introduced in lecture.  Many concepts are best understood in a hands-on laboratory setting.  Because of the importance of the laboratory to the student’s understanding of the course material, the laboratory score will account for 25% of the final course score.  Missed laboratories may not be made up, although the student will be responsible for the content of all laboratories on the midterm and final examinations.  Excessive absences from laboratory sessions will be grounds for an instructor-initiated drop from the course.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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