Undergraduate Courses

 

For long term planning purposes, when possible, the semester(s) courses are generally offered is indicated. These are subject to change. Note that many factors influence when/if a particular course is offered. Please check with your advisor for more definitive information.

 

MOLGEN  2220H

Introduction to Molecular Life Sciences: Research Opportunities and Career Options

1 units, generally offered in Autumn and Spring

Course description. Faculty presentations and facility tours to introduce first- and second- year students to research opportunities in molecular life sciences.
Prereq: Biology 1113 or 1113H. 


MOLGEN 3300

General Plant Biology

3 units, generally offered in Spring

Course description. Plant structure and function; growth and development; diversity, reproduction, and evolution of lower and flowering plants; people, the biosphere, and plant diversity.
Prereq: Biology 1101, 1113, or 1113H. Not open to students with credit for PlntBio 300 or HCS 300. GE nat sci bio course.
Requires materials and/or equipment for which an additional fee has been assessed. Course Fees listed at http://registrar.osu.edu.


MOLGEN 3436

Introductory Plant Physiology

3 units, generally offered in Autumn

Course description. Topics in plant physiology at the introductory level: diffusion, transpiration, water stress, translocation, photosynthesis, plant growth hormones, tropisms, flowering, and fruit development.
Prereq: Biology 1113, 1113H, 1114, 1114H, and 6 cr hrs in Chem. Not open to students with credit for PlntBio 436, 630 or 631.


MOLGEN 4500/4500E

General Genetics/General Genetics with embedded honors

3 units (4500) or 4 units (4500E), generally offered in Autumn, Spring, and Summer

Course description. The principles of genetics, including molecular genetics, transmission genetics of prokaryotes and eukaryotes, developmental and non-chromosomal genetics, recombinant DNA and genomics, and the genetics and evolution of populations.
Prereq: Biology 1101, 1113, or 1113H, and 3 additional sem cr hrs in Biological Sciences. Not open to students with credit for 4606, 500, 500H, 605, or 606.


 

MOLGEN 4501

General Genetics Laboratory

1 unit, generallly offered in Autumn, Spring, and Summer

Course description. MolGen 4501 Laboratory complements the MolGen 4500 lecture course.  It provides laboratory experiences in a wide range of molecular genetic laboratory techniques and approaches, and utilization of relevant genetic model systems.
Prereq or concur: MolGen 4500 or 4500E, or permission of instructor.  Not open to students with credit for MolGen 5601 (601) or 5602 (602).


MOLGEN 4502

Expanded General Genetics Laboratory

2 units, irregular offering schedule. Ask your advisor!

Course description. Complements MolGen 4500.  In-depth laboratory experiences in a wide range of molecular genetic laboratory techniques and approaches, and utilization of relevant genetic model systems.
Prereq or concur: MolGen 4500 or 4500E, or permission of instructor.  Not open to students with credit for MolGen 4501, 5601 (601) or 5602 (602).


MOLGEN 4503

Molecular Genetics Writing Project

1 units, individually scheduled course

Course description. Practice in searching, reading, and analyzing literature in molecular genetics, and in written and oral presentation.
Prereq: 4500, or 4606. Not open to students with credit for 503.


MOLGEN 4591S

DNA Finger Printing Workshops in Columbus Public Schools

1 units, generally offered in Spring

Course description. A service learning course whereby undergraduates mentor high school students in molecular biology workshops.
Prereq: MolGen 4500 or 4606. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 cr hrs. This course is graded S/U. Cross-listed in Biochem and MicrBio. For more information see the MG 4591 syllabus [pdf] and MG 4591 FAQs [pdf].


MOLGEN 4606

Molecular Genetics

4 units, generally offered in Autumn and Spring

Course description. A comprehensive genetics course for majors covering transmission and molecular genetics; DNA replication, repair and mutation; transcription and translation; analysis and manipulation of genes at the molecular level.
Prereq: Biology 1113, 1113H, 1114, 1114H, or Chem 1210 or equiv, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 605 or 606; or 4500 (500) unless waived by instructor.


MOLGEN 4700

Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology 

3 units, generally offered in Spring

A genetics-based introduction to the structure and function of cells and the early development of invertebrates and vertebrates, with a special focus on the molecular mechanisms underpinning cellular biology and development.
Prereq: 4500 or 4606; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with grades of C- or above in 5607 and 5608, except with permission of instructor/major advisor.


MOLGEN 4703

Human Genetics

2 units, generally offered in Spring

Course Description. This course covers principles of human genetics, including mapping and identification of disease genes, animal models, genetic testing and gene therapy, with a focus on reading the primary scientific literature.
Prereq: Completion of 4500 or 4606 with a minimum grade of C-; or instructor permission. Not open to students with credit for 5733.


MOLGEN 4998

Undergraduate Research in Molecular Genetics

1 - 5 units, individually scheduled course

Course description. Undergraduate research in molecular genetics.
Prereq: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 20 cr hrs or 8 completions. This course is graded S/U. 


MOLGEN 4998H

Undergraduate Research in Molecular Genetics

1 - 5 units, individually scheduled course

Course description. Undergraduate research in molecular genetics.
Prereq: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 20 cr hrs or 8 completions. This course is graded S/U.


MOLGEN 4999

Thesis Research in Molecular Genetics

1 - 5 units

Course description. A program of reading and research leading to a senior thesis.
Prereq: Sr standing, and permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 10 cr hrs or 2 completions. This course is graded S/U. 


MOLGEN 4999H

Thesis Research in Molecular Genetics

1 - 5 units, individually scheduled course

Course description. A program of reading and research leading to a senior thesis.
Prereq: Sr standing, and permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 10 cr hrs or 2 completions. This course is graded S/U. 


MOLGEN 5193

Individual Studies

1 - 3 units, individually scheduled course

Course description. Problem may be selected in the fields of molecular genetics, genomics, cell biology, developmental biology and plant sciences.
Prereq: at least 10 credit hours in biological sciences and permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 10 cr hrs or 4 completions. This course is graded S/U.


MOLGEN 5194

Group Studies

1 - 3 units, no regularly scheduled offerings

Course description. Group study of special topics in the fields of molecular genetics, genomics, cell biology, developmental biology, and plant sciences.
Prereq: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 8 cr hrs or 4 completions. This course is graded S/U.


MOLGEN 5300

Cancer Genetics

2 units, generally offered in Autumn

Course description. Students will learn about the genetic evolution of human cancer.  Specifically, the hallmarks of cellular transformation and tumor progression will be discussed.  Students will be introduced to modern approaches aimed at targeting genetic aberrations in cancer cells.  Includes hands-on training in the use of online databases of cancer Genetics.

Prereq: C- or better in MolGen 4606 or 4500; or Grad standing.


MOLGEN 5601

Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics Lab

3 - 4 units, generally offered in Autumn

Course description. Current laboratory techniques used in the genetic, cellular, and molecular analyses of yeast, Drosophila, and other model systems.
Prereq: 4500 or 4606, and Biochem 4511 or equiv, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 601.


MOLGEN 5602

Eukaryotic Cell and Developmental Biology Laboratory

3 - 4 units, generally offered in Spring and possibly summer

Course description. Laboratory course emphasizing techniques and methods central to cell and developmental biology of eukaryotes.
Prereq: 4500 or 4606, and Biochem 4511or equiv; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 602. 


MOLGEN 5607/5607E

Cell Biology/Cell Biology with embedded honors

3 units (5607) or 4 units (5607E), generally offered in Autumn

Course description. Analysis of the structure and function of animal and plant cells and their components, stressing molecular genetic and biochemical approaches.
Prereq: 4500 or 4606. Not open to students with credit for 607, 607H, 5607E. 


 

MOLGEN 5608/5608E

Genes and Development/Genes and Development with embedded honors

3 units (5608) or 4 units (5608E), generally offered in Spring

Course description. Analysis of animal and plant development using modern genetic approaches.
Prereq: 4500 or 4606. Not open to students with credit for 5608E or 608. 


 

MOLGEN 5623

Genetics and Genomics

2 units, generally offered in Spring

Course description. A survey and discussion of genomic studies applied to fungal, animal, or plants systems.
Prereq: 4500, 4606, 5607, or 5608, or Grad standing. Not open to students with credit for PlntBio 623. 


MOLGEN 5630

Plant Physiology

3 units, irregular offering schedule. Ask your advisor!

Course description. Advanced study of plant physiology; regulation of plant growth and development, hormones, and stress physiology.
Prereq: 3300, 4500, 4606, Biology 1114, 1114H, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for PlntBio 630 or 631. 


MOLGEN 5632

Insect Molecular Genetics

2 units, irregular offering schedule. Ask your advisor!

Course description. Structure, genetics, and methodology of insect genes and genomes.
Prereq: 4500 or 4606. Not open to students with credit for 632 or Entomol 632. 


MOLGEN 5643

Plant Anatomy

3 units, there is currently no planned offering of this course

Course description. The structure, function, and development of cells, tissues, and organs of vascular plants.
Prereq: 3300, Biology 1114, 1114H, or PlntBio 300, and 10 cr hrs in Life Sciences; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for PlntBio 643. 


MOLGEN 5645

Quantitative, Population, and Evolutionary Genetics

2 units, generally offered in Autumn

Course description. The genetics of populations, including quantitative, population, and evolutionary genetics.
Prereq: 4500 or 4606. Not open to students with credit for 640 or EEOB 640.


MOLGEN 5650

Analysis and Interpretation of Biological Data

3 units, generally offered in Autumn

Course description. Methods of analyzing biological data including: sampling, descriptive statistics, distributions, analysis of variance, inference, regression, and correlation. Emphasizes practical applications of statistics in the biological sciences.
Prereq: Math 1149 or 1150 or equiv, and 10 semester cr hrs at the 3000-level or above in Agricultural or Biological Sciences. Not open to students with credit for 650. 


MOLGEN 5660

Integrated Molecular and Cellular Biology for Non-Biologists

5 units, irregular offering schedule. Ask your advisor!

Course description. Overview of molecular and cellular biology of single cells, tissues, organisms and their interactions, including genetics and biochemistry of single cells.
Prereq: Biology 1101 or equiv, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 4500 (500), 4606 (606), 605, 660, 661, or Math 5660. Cross-listed in Math. 


MOLGEN 5694

Frontiers in Life Sciences Research: Genomics, Proteomics and Bioethics

1 unit, there is currently no planned offering of this course

Course description. As genomes are being sequenced at a rapid pace, students in life sciences need to stay abreast of the tools required to exploit genomic information. Covers the theoretical underpinnings of modern tools used in proteomics, genetics and genomics. Ethical issues associated with the remarkable advances in modern biology will be discussed. Includes videoconferencing with peers in India.

Prereq: 4500, 4606, Biochem 4511, or 5615. Not open to students with credit for Biochem 5694. This course is graded S/U. NS Admis Cond course. Cross-listed in Biochem. 


MOLGEN 5700

Systems of Genetic Analysis

3 units, generally offered in Autumn

Course description. Analysis of select fungal, invertebrate, vertebrate, and plant model systems used in modern experimental genetics.
Prereq: 4500, 4606, 5607, or 5608, or Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 700. 


MOLGEN 5701

DNA Transactions and Gene Regulation

3 units, generally offered in Autumn

Course description. Understanding mechanisms of DNA replication, DNA repair and recombination, transcription, translation, regulation of gene expression, and the experimental approaches to these topics.
Prereq: 4500, 4606, Biochem 4511, or equiv, and Sr standing; or Grad standing; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Biochem 5701 or 702. Cross-listed in Biochem. 


MOLGEN 5705

Advances in Cell Biology

2 units, generally offered in Spring

Course description. An advanced study of selected key areas of research in eukaryotic cell biology.
Prereq:  A grade of B- or better in 5607, or grad standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 705


MOLGEN 5715

Developmental Genetics

2 units, generally offered in Spring

Course description. An advanced study of the regulation of developmentally significant genes and cellular interactions involved in differentiation and pattern formation in invertebrate, vertebrate, and plant model organisms.
Prereq: A grade of B- or better in 5608, or grad standing, or permission of instructor  Not open to students with credit for 715. 


MOLGEN 5733

Advanced Human Genetics

2 units, generally offered in Spring

Course description. The principles of human genetics covering mapping of disease genes, defects causing human disease, the cloning of disease genes, gene therapy, transgenes, and specific pathological disorders.

Prereq: 4500, 4606, or equiv,  with a minimum grade of C- and Sr standing; or Grad standing; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 733, MolBioC 5733 (733), or Pathol 5733 (733). Cross-listed in MolBioC and Pathol.


MOLGEN 5735

Plant Biochemistry

3 units, irregular offering schedule. Ask your advisor!

Course description. metabolic networks, cell wall and lipid synthesis, and nitrogen and sulfur assimilation for macromolecular synthesis.
Prereq: Biochem 4511, or equiv. Not open to students with credit for PlntBio 735 or 736. Cross-listed in Biochem. 


MOLGEN 5796

Current Topics in Signal Transduction

1 - 2 units, irregular offering schedule. Ask your advisor!

Course description. provide in-depth analysis of molecular signaling networks involved in the regulation of cell growth, cell death, inflammation, and stress responses and the role of these networks in development of diseases such as obesity, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
Prereq: 5607, 5608, 5607E, 5608E, 607H, BioChem 4511 or equiv, or Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for PlntBio 796. 


MOLGEN 5797

Study at a Foreign Institution

1 - 15 units

Course description. Specific content, location, semester(s) of offering, and prerequisites vary; contact department office for details.
Prereq: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs or 3 completions. This course is graded S/U. 


MOLGEN 5798

Study Tour: Domestic

1 - 15 units

Course description. Specific content, location, semester(s) of offering, and prerequisites vary; contact department office for details.
Prereq: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 15 cr hrs or 3 completions. This course is graded S/U.


MOLGEN 5800

Organelle Biology

2 units. irregular offering schedule. Ask your advisor!

Course description. Structure and function of plastids and mitochondria, apicoplasts and hydrogenosomes.

Prereq: 4500, 4500E, or 4606, or permission of instructor.  Cross-listed in Microbiology.


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