Genetics underlies all of the disciplines in Biology...
Why is BIOL2202 a recommended second year course for more Biology-related majors than any other?  Because, in addition to standing on its own, this discipline contributes key knowledge to all other disciplines in the field of Biology.

Genetics is the study of genes, ranging from their structure, regulation and inheritance to the their distribution in populations and the phenotypes evoked when they are mutated. Genetics has become even more important in the genomic era. We can now study the entire gene complement in whole genomes, use molecular genetic techniques to create gene deletions and chimeric gene constructs, and analyse the whole repertoire of transcribed genes in any tissue.

Of all of the biological disciplines, genetics is perhaps the most widely appreciated yet misunderstood by the public: finding genes involved in cancer is seen as “good”, while making genetically modified foods is “bad”. BIOL2202 Genetics provides a strong foundation in this core discipline by providing an in-depth understanding of the interpretation of the genetic code, mutation, gene regulation, the inheritance of traits, bioinformatics, genomics and the role of genetics in modern medicine and biotechnology.

An understanding of cellular processes at the molecular level is central to contemporary biological and biomedical sciences. The principles and practise of biochemistry and molecular biology lay out the map for that understanding.
What do I do in this course?
BIOL2202 provides the platform knowledge for understanding genetic systems and cutting-edge molecular research, and the applications that are possible in this field:
  • Perform molecular genetic techniques in the laboratory.
  • Learn key genetic concepts involved in DNA mutation, recombination and replication.
  • Become familiar with the concepts of gene discovery, genomics, gene regulation, and the relationships between mutation and phenotypes that manifest as genetic disease.
  • Understand the inheritance of simple and complex traits, and the effects of genetic variations at all levels from the organism to the population
  • Gain experience in using molecular tools required for gene cloning, analysis of gene regulation, and techniques critical for genome mining and genetic engineering.
Career relevance of this course:
Genetics is a core discipline for the 21st century.
Genetics provides valuable platform knowledge that is critical to most biological professions, including career opportunities in biodiscovery medicine, biomedical research and pharmacology, as well as in intellectual property law, genetic disease counselling, forensics and agriculture – and the list is growing.
Program planning advice:
BIOL2202 is compulsory for students completing a BSc major in Genetics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Bioinformatics. It is also compulsory for students completing a Biomedical Sciences single major in the Developmental Biology or Human Genetics or an extended Biomedical Sciences major in Physiology, Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, Anatomy, Human Genetics or Immunology & Infectious Diseases. BIOL2202 is also compulsory for students undertaking the Bachelor of Biomedical Science.

BIOL2202 leads to:
  • BIOM2208 Differentiation and Development
  • MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology
  • BIOC3000 Biomolecular Structure and Function
  • BIOC3003 Human Molecular Genetics and Disease
  • BIOC3005 Molecular Systems Biology
  • BIOL3004 Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • BIOL3006 Molecular Cell Biology
  • BIOL3010 Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics
  • BIOL3014 Advanced Bioinformatics
  • BIOL3202 Plant Development and Cell Biology
  • BIOL3203 Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • BIOL3212 Advanced Evolutionary Biology
  • BIOL3220 Molecular Techniques in Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOL3222 Advanced Topics in Genetics
  • DEVB3002 Molecular Mechanisms of Development
  • MICR3001 Microbes and Human Health
  • MICR3003 Molecular Microbiology
  • MICR3004 Microbial Diversity and Biotechnology
  • PARA3002 Biomedical Parasitology
  • SCIE3012 Introduction to Research
  • SCIE3044 Vacation Project

For an official description of this course, including prerequisites and contact hours, and for the official rules of programs, including majors requirements, see the UQ Programs & Courses website.