Biology 612

Special Topics: Genetics and Society - Online Course

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

Course Description

Bio 612 is a hybrid course consisting of online didactic instruction followed by an in-person interactive laboratory workshop. Teachers will be introduced to a variety of new classroom tools and strategies to use in the classroom. 

The course requires the completion of online didactic instruction and a concluding interactive two-day laboratory workshop.

Course materials will be available via Lander University’s Blackboard System beginning May 18, 2020.

Participants are responsible for accessing the material and meeting all assignment deadlines.


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 includes online lectures through Lander University's Blackboard system as well as a workshop including lab activities.

Course Objectives

  • TBD

Lecture Topics

  • TBD


The required two-day workshop offered at the conclusion of the online course will engage teachers in new lab activities and classroom exercises that support the lecture materials. To reach more teachers across the state, this year the workshop will be offered on both the GGC campus in Greenwood and the campus of Trident Technical College in North Charleston. 

Workshop dates are June 22-23 or June 25-26.


Bio 612 is a graded, graduate level course requiring:
  • Viewing of all online lectures
  • Completion of all online quizzes and assessments
  • Completion of assigned readings
  • Attendance at one of the hands-on workshops


Registrations are invited from instructors at the high school and undergraduate levels. The level of instruction assumes the applicants have some biology and human genetics training. Three graduate credit hours will be offered to SC teachers through the Lander University Department of Biological Sciences. 

The course fee of $200 covers all course and workshop materials. A stipend of $150 will be available to the first 25 registrants. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required at the time of registration with the balance due by May 10.
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