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BI1422 Genetics, 7.5 Credits




Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements(G1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 10 credits Chemistry of which 5 credits are Biochemistry.


Genetically determined traits are expressed at different organizational levels from molecular and organism levels to population and species levels. The course therefore studies genetics at several different organizational levels. The course aims to provide basic knowledge of Mendel’s heredity theories, molecular and quantitative genetics. The course provides knowledge about how genetic variation occurs and how it affects higher levels. The course describes genetic conditions for historical and ongoing plant and animal breeding for food production. Methods for studying basic genetics and for applications are discussed.

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

- describe the structure and composition of the genome

- describe how the genetic material is transferred between cells and generations

- describe the principles behind gene regulation

- analyze different types of inheritance, gene order and linkage between genes

- describe the applications of genetics in plant and animal breeding

- summarize selected literature in genetics and present it in writing and orally

- use basic laboratory techniques in molecular genetics

- interpret results and write laboratory reports

- seek and evaluate scientific information based on a scientific question

- summarize selected literature in genetics and present it in writing and orally


The course deals with genetics, mainly in higher plants and animals. Examples are taken from current genetic literature.

Lectures and compulsory group exercises cover the following sections:

- the genetic information flow: DNA replication, RNA synthesis, RNA splicing and protein synthesis

- cell division and formation of germ cells

- origin and consequences of genetic variation

- Mendelian inheritance theory and its extension

- quantitative genetics

- plant breeding applications for food quantity and quality

During laboratory work and group discussions, current techniques in genetic analysis are treated and in-depth study is done through group assignments on selected topics, which are presented orally and in writing.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed written exams and passed accounts of practicals, and approved participation in mandatory activities.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The required course prerequisites in chemistry can be obtained by for instance following the courses Basic Chemistry I, 15 credits (KE0062); Basic Chemistry II, 7,5 credits (KE0063) with at least 10 passed credits of which 5 credits should be Biochemistry. Alternatively, the prerequisite in Biochemistry can be obtained by following the course Biochemistry, continuation 7,5 credits (KE0064) and achieving at least 5 credits. Some parts of the course may be given with English as the main language.

Responsible department

Department of Plant Biology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Biology field: Genetik
Replaces: BI1280

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Litterature list

Klug, W., Cummings, M., Spencer, C., Palladino, M., Killian, D. (2020)
Essentials of Genetics, 10th (Global) Edition or earlier editions, Pearson Education Ltd, ISBN: 9781292350424

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1422 Application code: SLU-10259 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Plant Biology Pace: 100%