Apr 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Calendar 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Calendar
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BIOL 3110U – Population Genetics


This course introduces the student to the study of allele frequencies in populations, concentrating on mathematical, theoretical and evolutionary concepts including random mating, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, linkage equilibrium, coalescence, inbreeding, genetic drift, mutation, effective population size and natural selection. The role and significance of molecular genetics, including next generation sequencing (NGS) techniques as they relate to population genetics, evolution, systematics and phylogeny are also considered and explored. Population genetics concepts in this course will be focused (although not exclusively) within a forensic context and, in particular, the formation of short tandem repeat (STR) allelic databases, estimating the weight of forensic DNA profile match evidence, and as well as understanding the genetic evidence underlying human evolution and migration. However, the population genetics concepts learned in this course are applicable for understanding and studying populations of all living organisms. 
Credit hours: 3
Lecture hours: 3
Prerequisite(s): (MATH 1015U  or MATH 1000U  or MATH 1010U ) and BIOL 1020U  and BIOL 2020U  and STAT 2020U  
Credit restriction(s): FSCI 3110U  
Cross-listed: FSCI 3110U  



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