Useful Genetics Part 2

This college-level course gives students a thorough understanding of genetic inheritance, and enables them to apply this understanding to real-world issues, both personal and societal. This is Part 2 of a two-part course.

About The Course


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Who might want to take this course?

  • People affected by or concerned about a genetic disease (either directly or in a family member)
  • People interested in the genetic diversity of humans or other species
  • People who have had (or are considering having) their genes or genomes analyzed by companies such as 23andMe
  • People concerned about the public use of personal genetic information
  • People interested in breeding animals or plants, or in in conservation of endangered species
  • People interested in genealogy and ancestry analysis
  • Science teachers
  • Anyone interested in genetics but unable to enroll in university at this time

Frequently Asked Questions

Statements of Accomplishment: Students who earn 50% or better will receive a Statement of Accomplishment; those earning 80% or better will receive a Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction.

Verified Certificates: Students may choose to enroll in the optional Signature Track, which provides an identity-verified Certificate.

Recommended Background

Students will need a solid understanding of mutation, gene function and natural genetic variation; this is most easily acquired by taking Useful Genetics Part 1.  Students who have not taken Part 1 will still be able to access that material after the start of Part 2.