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Candidates demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of the genetics. To ensure a rigorous view of genetics and its underlying structures, candidates have a deep conceptual knowledge of the subject matter. Candidates demonstrate understanding of the structure and function of genetic material. They understand the genetic coding of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and how this coding specifies the sequence of amino acids in proteins characteristic of the organism. Candidates know that a multicellular organism develops from a single zygote, and its phenotype depends on its genotype, which is established at fertilization. They understand the roles of mutation and sexual reproduction in genetic variation within populations. They know how new biotechnology methods incorporate exogenous DNA into cells to alter their genetic composition, and the resulting ethical implications of using such methods. Candidates also understand the relationship of genetics to evolution and how the frequency of an allele in a gene pool of a population depends on many factors and may be stable or unstable over time.

This course is part of the following California Commission on Teacher Credentialing program(s): Added Authorization

Note: This course is designed for K-12 California teachers preparing to take the CSET Biology/Life Science Exam.

Course Number: BIOL-30001
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)