Biology 612: Special Topics

Genetics: Social Application and Impact - Online Course

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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. This year the course provides a focused exploration of specific topics related to the societal impact of genetics. 

The course requires the completion of online didactic instruction and a concluding laboratory workshop. The workshop has been reworked into a live virtual event on June 22-23. 
Course materials will be available via Lander University’s Blackboard system beginning May 18. Participants are responsible for accessing the material and meeting all assignment deadlines. Access to Blackboard and registration for workshop dates will be available after completing course registration.



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.

Course Objectives

The course will focus on four specific areas of societal impact as they pertain to social, ethical and legal issues. All topics will address SC Biology/Genetics Standards as they pertain to social, ethical and legal issues.

  • Genetics: Effects on Social Policy and Law
  • Proteins to Phenotypes:
  • Biotechnology and Society:
    Stem Cells
    DNA Profiling
    Gene Editing
  • Impact of Reproductive Technologies


The planned two-day in-person workshop has been reworked into a live virtual workshop to be held on June 22-23.

Course Requirements

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


  • Articles and lectures posted to Lander University’s Blackboard system
  • Required text: Cummings, M. (2015). Human Heredity: Principles and Issues, 11th ed.


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. Teachers who have completed BIO 612 courses covering other topics can also receive credit for this year’s course.

The registration deadline is April 30, 2020. No late registrations can be accepted.
The course fee of $250 covers text, workshop materials, and lunch at the workshop.  A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required at the time of registration with the balance due by May 9, 2020. 
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