About the course
The field of genetics is rich with discovery. Mapping the human genome, conducting genetic testing, and identifying new vaccines are just a few of the many ways genetics can have a powerful impact on our world. This course provides a stair-step introduction of genetics from the basic concepts to exploring more complex topics, including molecular biology, gene mapping and screening, and reverse and forward genetic research. You will explore both what is known about genes as well as how we use genetics research to better understand basic biology. This course will create the solid foundation needed to be successful in the subsequent courses within the program.
This course is the required first course in the Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate.
You Will Learn
- The structure and function of genes, chromosomes and genomes
- How traits get passed down through generations
- The fundamentals of molecular biology
- The use of genetic methods to analyze protein function, gene regulation and inherited disease
- Existing and emerging model organisms of genetic research
- Mendelian genetics
- Genetic recombination, mutation, and selection
- Tracking maternal ancestry
- Reverse and forward genetics
- Genetic mapping and screening
- Biotechnology and gene therapy
Time to Complete
You should expect to spend 10-18 hours to complete each course, depending on your familiarity with the topic.
For individual courses, we recommend that you designate 2-3 hours per week to watch video lectures and complete assignments in order to finish within 60 days.
Since the All-Access Plan allows you to access all courses for one year, you can determine how quickly to progress, but you must complete courses with 365 days in order to receive credit.
Online participants are asked to complete a final exam at the end of each course to maintain the integrity of the program. A score of 85% must be achieved to successfully pass the exam. A digital record of completion will be emailed to participants when they pass the exam.
Participants are required to complete the course evaluation once they have passed the final exam.
Katarzyna ("Kasia") Bryc is a Senior Scientist of Population Geneticist at 23andMe. Dr. Bryc has developed statistical models that leverage genetic data to learn about ancient human history and migrations, recent population admixture and other forces shaping the human genome. Her prior research i...
William Greenleaf is an Associate Professor in the Genetics Department at Stanford University School of Medicine, with a courtesy appointment in the Applied Physics Department. He is a member of Bio-X, the Biophysics Program, the Biomedical Informatics Program, and the Cancer Center. He received ...
Barry received his B.S. from CSU, Chico in Biochemistry. He then went on to graduate school at the University of Oregon where he earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry with Dr. Diane Hawley. During his six years, Barry worked on many aspects of basal RNA polymerase II transcription but Barry’s main con...
Ruth Tennen picked up her first pipette as a summer high-school student in a lab at the University of Connecticut Health Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in cancer biology from Stanford University. Her graduate work examined t...
Monte Winslow is an Associate Professor of Genetics and Pathology at Stanford University. Academic Appointments Associate Professor, Genetics Associate Professor, Pathology Member, Bio-X Member, Stanford Cancer Institute Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Honors & Awards Stanford Univ...
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Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.