Genetics and Evolution

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Genetics and Evolution

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Genetics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BI102: Plant Biology and BI108: Animal Biology

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The main topics are: history of genetics and evolution, relevant statistical tests, Mendelian genetics, chromosomal theory of inheritance, linkage of genes, evolution of sex, autosomal and sex linked, sex limited and sex influenced characters. Gene interaction, maternal and cytoplasmic inheritance. RNA and DNA structure and function, transcription, translation and gene expression in eukaryotes. Biotechnology and genetic engineering, quantitative and population genetics, processes of organic and biological evolution, speciation and classification, biological and cultural evolution in man.


    This course is designed to provide students with essential knowledge of the principles and concepts of genetics,

    heredity, population genetics and evolution. Emphasis will be placed on principles of genetics with application to the study of biological function at the level of molecules, DNA structure, cells, and multicellular organisms, including humans. The topics include: structure and function of genes, chromosomes and genomes, biological variation resulting from recombination, mutation, and selection, population genetics, use of genetic methods to analyse protein function, gene regulation and inherited disease. In the final part of the course, Pacific migration patterns based on genetics studies will be thoroughly discussed.


    The practical course will allow students to use as much of the theoretical knowledge as possible, allowing them to become familiar with applications of genetics.

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