Biology 610

Biology 610

Developmental Genetics: A Journey from Conception through Adulthood

Course Coordinator: Leta M. Tribble, Ph.D. (864) 943-4170;

Course Description

This course examines developmental processes from the perspective of embryology, molecular biology and human genetics.

Emphasis will be placed on organ system development, related abnormalities and their interactions through different life stages: prenatal, infancy, childhood and adulthood. This course provides a defined focus on developmental processes.


This graded course carries 3 graduate credit hours which may be applied to teacher re-certification or to a graduate program for South Carolina teachers. Out-of-state teachers must satisfy out-of-state fees to receive graduate hours.


The course is four days and includes didactic instruction, lab activities, group discussions and small group assignments.

Course Objectives

This course will:

  • Present the role of genetics throughout human development.
  • Present information regarding the interactions of embryology, molecular biology and human genetics at different life stages.
  • Emphasize the relevance and application of genetics in the classroom.
  • Emphasize the importance of these disciplines at both the professional and personal levels.


To highlight these developmental processes, activities will include:

  • An in-depth study of a genetic disorder: the PBL approach
  • Discussions of childhood developmental disabilities
  • Analysis of adult-onset diseases
  • Copy number variants and human variation
  • Analysis of the aging process
  • Coordinated lab sessions or activities
  • Ethical and social implications of disease, genetic testing, and treatment


Major emphasis is on lab activities. Teachers attending this course will meet the requirement of having to complete a specific activity before scheduling that same activity for his/her students on a mobile lab visit during the school year. There are 12 lab modules developed for the Genetic Education Center and this course will use four of the 12.


Developmental Genetics is a graded, graduate level course requiring:

  • Attendance for all 5 days of instruction, approximately 40 hours
  • Participation in all activities
  • Completion of all assigned readings and questions
  • Submission of one inquiry based or problem based approach to teaching this topic


Registrations are welcomed from science faculty who instruct at the high school and undergraduate levels. The level of instruction assumes the applicants have some biology and genetics training. The graduate course credits will be given through Lander University’s Department of Biological Sciences. Class size is limited to 25 participants.

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Meet Reggie Roper

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