An investigation into the nature of inheritance in plants, animals and microorganisms. This course covers the fundamentals of modern genetics including: the patterns of inheritance, molecular genetics, and population genetics. Current advances in topics such as DNA fingerprinting, the human genome project, and genetic engineering are also considered. Connections between genetics and evolution are woven into the course. Laboratories support the lecture topics and introduce students to modern techniques in biotechnology. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in one of the following: BIO 100, 101, 103, 107, 110, 229 or 120.