PSYC 3102 Behavioral Genetics
Brooke Huibregtse, PhD
About the Course:
This course introduces the basic principles of genetics, covers how these principles can be used in the study of behavior, and evaluates the evidence for genetic and environmental influences on behavioral characteristics.
Course Prerequisites: List course prereqs here: None
Proctoring (if applicable): This course does NOT require proctored examinations.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
- Define basic biology and introductory genetics concepts relevant to behavioral genetics and genomic technology
- Describe technological advances in genomic technology used in behavioral genetics
- Apply introductory genetic concepts to explain phenomena and inheritance patterns of specific disorders/syndromes inheritance patterns
- Examine patterns from twin and family studies to infer genetic and environmental influences on behavior
- Explain the liability threshold model and how it relates to complex phenotypes
- Evaluate evidence for monogenecity vs. polygenicity, gene environment correlations, and gene x environment interactions
- Critique media, technology, and scientific reports about genetic basis of behavior
- Consider ethical issues surrounding genetic testing, reproductive and advanced gene editing technologies
This course was designed to use open educational resources (OER), and other free materials. There is not a required a copyrighted textbook and all materials will be accessed through Canvas.
- Students will read material from Medline Plus (formerly, Genetics Home Reference) a service from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). (These materials are in the public domain).
- Students will read several chapters and excerpts from OER textbooks (CC BY-SA):
- Students will listen to excerpts or read the transcripts of several podcasts (under Fair Use):
- Radiolab (WNCY)
- Hidden Brain (NPR)
- Fresh Air (NPR)
- This American Life (NPR)
- Science VS.(Gilmet Media)
- Genetics Unzipped
- Students will also read several articles from Vox (under Fair Use):
- IQ, explained in 9 charts
- How medicine might work when everyone has their genomes analyzed.
- How scientists are learning to predict your future with your genes
Grading (out of n points):
The course grade is calculated out of 500 points.
- Readings & Media Assignments are worth 3 points each, score will be calculated from the top 70 submissions, or 210 total points possible
- Discussions are worth 10 points each, score will be calculated from the top 7 submissions, or 70 total points possible
- Practice Question Sets 1-3 are worth 20 points each, or 60 total points possible
- Timed Question Sets 1 & 2 are worth 40 points each, or 80 total points possible
- Timed Question Set 3 (Final) is worth 80 points total
Readings & Media Assignments 180 points (42%)
Discussions 70 points (14%)
Practice Question Sets 60 points (12%)
Timed Question Sets 160 points (32%)