Note to Students:

The following course requirements and descriptions are temporary pending inclusion in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Required Courses

GGSC 101: Your Genome - Your Health

Advances in genetics and genomics, and especially the sequencing of the human genome, are making it possible to customize medical care to the specific needs of an individual. This survey course will introduce students to the various genetic and genomic tools available to enable personalization of their healthcare. This course is intended for non-Genetics and Genomic Sciences majors. 3 credit hours.

Female student in a genetics laboratory.

GGSC 201: Research Experience in Molecular Genetics

A course-based authentic research experience with the CRISPR-Cas9 technology (programmable nucleases) to make genetic modifications in a model organism. 3 credit hours.

GGSC 310: Genome Structure and Organization

The main theme of this course is to explore the anatomy of the genome as a structural component of the cell, and how it stores/executes the functional information that encodes all life processes. 3 credit hours.

GGSC 320: Colloquium in Genetics and Genomic Science

The Colloquium in Genetics and Genomics Sciences is a faculty-led seminar. The Colloquium exposes students to the frontiers in research studies and future career opportunities. Students will read assigned articles and be prepared for discussion. Class meets for one and a half hours every week. 1 credit hour.

GGSC 402: Applications of Bioinformatics in Genetics and Genomics

Introduction to computational tools and bioinformatics databases used in genetics and genomics sciences. 3 credit hours.

GGSC 403: Model Systems for Genetic Disorders

Invertebrate and non-human vertebrate species that have experimental tools available provide a lot of insights into larger biological phenomena — and also into human biology. This course introduces important genetic model organisms viz. roundworm (C.elegans), fruit fly (Drosophila sp.), zebrafish (Danio rerio), and mouse (Mus musculus), and how they relate to human biology. 3 credit hours.

GGSC 404: Personalized Genomic Medicine

The ability to sequence individual genomes economically is bringing about an unprecedented change in the way medicine is going to be practiced. The course focuses on how genome sequence information of individuals can/will be used to personalize diagnosis and treatment of diseases. 3 credit hours.

GGSC 410: Genetic Basis of Human Disease

Many human diseases, especially diseases that run in families, have a genetic basis. This course connects the science of genetics with human diseases. 3 credit hours.

Special Topics in Genetics and Genomics Science

This course is designed to fulfill a Genetics and Genomic Science major’s requirement for an advanced course. Non-GGS majors should obtain approval of course master before enrolling and must have strong background in biology and/or chemistry. Learning assessments will be done from periodic quizzes, cumulative exams, and written reports. 3 credit hours.

Independent Study in Genetics and Genomics

Elective GGS/Biology Classes

  • Model Systems for Genetic Disorders (GGSC 403; 3 credit hours). This course can be taken to fulfill the Capstone requirement.
  • Personalized Genomic Medicine (GGSC 404; 3 credit hours). This course can be taken to fulfill the Capstone requirement.
  • Epigenetics (BY 437; 3 credit hours)
  • Introduction to Evolutionary Processes (BY 429; 3 credit hours)
  • Principles of DNA Technology (BY 431; 3 credit hours)
  • Functional Genomics and Systems Biology (BY 434; 3 credit hours)
  • Comparative Developmental Biology (BY 475; 3 credit hours)

Capstone Courses

One of the following courses must be taken to fulfill the Capstone Requirement:
  • Model Systems for Genetic Disorders (GGSC 403; 3 credit hours)
  • Personalized Genomic Medicine (GGSC 404; 3 credit hours)
  • GGS Honors or Non-Honors Senior Seminar (3 credit hours)