BSc. Courses

Zoo 242        

Cell Biology and Physiology   

3 (2+1)

Content

Emergence of modern cell biology; prokaryotes and eukaryotes; structure and function of biological membranes; transport of substances through biological membranes; intercellular signals and directing synthesized proteins to their sites inside and outside the cell; cell organelles in terms of structure and function; the cytoskeleton; the cell cycle; apoptosis (programmed cell death); stem cells; glycolysis; Krebs Cycle; oxidative phosphorylation.

Prerequisite

Zoo 103

 

Zoo 342           

Molecular Biology             

2 (1+1)

Content

Nature and properties of genetic material; DNA as a genetic material; RNA as a genetic material of some viruses. DNA synthesis and the molecular gene concept; DNA sequence and duplication in chromosomes;The concept of gene expression (transcription and translation and processing of RNA molecules); an introduction to regulation of gene expression in euokaryotes.

Prerequisite

Zoo 242

 

Zoo 352           

Fundamentals of Genetics             

2 (1+1)

Content

Branches of genetics; the relationship between genes and characteristics of living organisms; genetics as an experimental science; chromosomal basis of inheritance (chromosomes, mitotic and meiotic divisions and chromosomal theory); Mendelian inheritance; extensions of Mendelian Genetics; Non-Mendelian inheritance; mutations and DNA repair pathways and sex identification in eukaryotes;introduction to recombinant DNA technology and its applications.

Prerequisite

Zoo 342

 

Zoo 355           

Geneticsof Wild Animal Species

2 (1+1)

Content

Concept of animal genetic diversity and tribe-based effects of its loss; tribe size and its effects on species survival (genetic deviation, mating among relatives and low gene flow); genetic erosion and animal diversity; ways to conserve genetic diversity (off-site and in-site); increased tribe size; genetic reservoirs; endangered animal species.

Prerequisite

Zoo 352

 

Zoo 455

Genetic Engineering      

2 (1+1)

Content

Introduction to the fundamentals of recombinant DNA technology; human genome project; gene therapy; biotechnology; plants and animals and genetically engineered food; an overview of some features of the controversy over genetic engineering; laws, regulations and rules.

Prerequisite

Zoo 342, Zoo 352

 

Zoo 456 

Bioinformatics             

2 (1+1)

Content

Introduction to computational biology and bioinformatics; data analysis; sequencing of proteins and nucleic acids; determination and assembly of genome sequences; predicting protein structure; DNA microarray data analysis; data collection; biological pattern discrimination; bionetworks; applications of bioinformatics software and tools.

Prerequisite

Zoo342

 

Zoo 457           

Cytogenetics and Cell Culture            

2 (1+1)

Content

Sterilization and contamination prevention techniques; media types and preparations; cell separation and culturing; chromosome structure and terminology; numerical and structural variations and aberrations of chromosomes; chromosomal profiling and staining techniques.

Prerequisite

Zoo 342, Zoo 352

 

Zoo 458           

Human Genetics

2 (1+1)

Content

Analysis of pedigree records and Mendelian inheritance patterns in humans;Non-Mendelian inheritance (Mitochondrial inheritance, anticipation phenomenon, genomic imprinting and dosage compensation); twin studies and genetic applications; chromosomal aberrations and syndromes; multi-factorial inheritance and most common genetic disorders in humans; consanguineous marriages; genetic counseling.

Prerequisite

Zoo 342, Zoo 352

 

Zoo 464  

Biotechnology             

2 (1+1)

Content

Definition of biotechnology; areas and methods of biotechnology; genetic engineering; applications of biotechnology in agriculture, medicine and industry; future prospects and potential risks of biotechnology.

Prerequisite

Zoo 424

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