Biology 612: Special Topics

A Comprehensive Perspective on Common Genetic Disorders – Online Course

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*The Summer 2022 Teacher’s Course has been cancelled.

Course Coordinator

 Leta M. Tribble, Ph.D. (864) 943-4170;

Course Description

Bio 612 is a hybrid course consisting of online didactic, multimedia instruction followed by an in-person interactive laboratory workshop. This year, Bio 612 will cover the diagnosis, treatment, and social and ethical connections through the lens of three common genetic disorders.
In the last decade, rapid advancements in the fields of genetics, diagnostic and analytical technology and medical research have enhanced our understanding of human disorders.
These advancements have made a significant impact on our ability to diagnose and treat diseases. Many of these advancements have gained public attention and have stimulated controversy yet provided hope for patients and families.
These fields of science are cross-cutting in scope and interact with pharmaceutical development, government regulations, politics, economics and ethics. We will explore all of these fields from the context of common genetic disorders.


This graded course carries 3 graduate credit hours which may be applied to teacher re-certification or to a graduate program for South Carolina teachers. Out-of-state teachers must satisfy out-of-state fees to receive graduate hours.

Course Objectives

Bio 612: Comprehensive Perspective on Common Genetic Disorders will introduce participants to:
  • the etiology, pathophysiology, and common features of selected genetic disorders
  • available and current treatments
  • the pathway of drug development: regulations, approval processes, economics
  • the ethics and social importance of these discussions


Participation in a two-day laboratory workshop is required. Participants can choose between two dates and locations. COVID protocols will be followed as necessary.
  • June 20-21, 2022 – Greenwood Genetic Center – Greenwood, SC
  • June 23-24, 2022 – Horry-Georgetown Technical College – Grand Strand campus – Myrtle Beach, SC

Course Requirements

Bio 612 is a graded, graduate-level course requiring:
  • Completion of online assignments by June 20, 2022
  • Participation in group discussions
  • Completion of the hands-on laboratory workshop


Course materials (articles, videos, and didactic lectures) will be available via Lander University’s Blackboard system beginning May 16. Access to Blackboard and registration for workshop dates will be available after completing course registration.


Registrations are invited from instructors at the high school and undergraduate levels. The level of instruction assumes the applicants have some biology and human genetics training.

Three graduate credit hours will be offered to SC teachers through the Lander University Department of Biological Sciences. Teachers who have completed BIO 612 courses covering other topics can also receive credit for this year’s course.
The registration deadline is May 2, 2022.

The course fee of $250 covers graduate credit hours, course text, all lab materials, and lunch during the workshop. A non-refundable $50 deposit is required with registration.

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