Summer Session May 24th – July 2nd
While an overview of genetics is included in a typical high school biology class, this 6-week intensive allows us to dig deeper into the topic. Students will become proficient in using Punnett Squares to predict the outcomes of monohybrid and dihybrid crosses of traits exhibiting Mendelian Inheritance. They will also learn about the forms of non-Mendelian Inheritance including co-dominance, incomplete dominance, and sex-linked inheritance. We will explore many examples of real-life genetics that students may be familiar with such as the genetics of human blood types and red/green color-blindness and we will learn why calico cats are always female (an example of sex-linked codominance). Students will learn how to create and analyze genetic pedigrees. If time permits, we will also visit the topic of epistasis and epigenetics.
Grade level: 9-12 (advanced middle school students may participate with the teacher’s approval)
Materials needed: the teacher will provide all materials. Students will need to be able to print out notes and worksheets and come to class ready to take notes and work on problems together.
Prerequisites for Genetics: None. This course can be taken before or after a student has taken biology
Optional materials for hands-on labs:
We will be exploring the genetics of human blood types and the ability of individuals to taste PTC. This often leads to students wanting to determine their own blood type and/or their ability to taste PTC at home. Materials for blood-typing and testing for the ability to taste PTC are inexpensive. These hands-on labs are not required, but if your student would like to complete them, they can purchase the materials here (aff): Blood typing kit, PTC paper