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DNA & Basic Genetics

What makes you, YOU?! Sign up for this course to explore the structure and function of DNA and how it makes the proteins that build your body!

Total classes: 4

Prerequisite: Middle school level biology and/or life science

Suggested grade level: 9th to 12th grade. Note: advanced middle school students are welcome too

Suggested credit: ¼ semester Science or Microbiology. Also, sign up for “DNA & Mutations” immediately following this course for additional credit


Understanding the structure and function of DNA is foundational to life sciences. This course will detail the history of the discovery of DNA, how it replicates using RNA, then transcripts and translates to form the protein building blocks of organisms.


Class 1: Introduction to DNA anatomy and history

Class 2: DNA replication

Class 3: Transcription and translation

Class 4: DNA to protein summary and practice

Materials and Homework

Course materials: Notebooks and pencil/pen for note-taking. Printing PowerPoint files is suggested. All other course materials are provided free by the instructor.

Homework: Daily assignments the first three days, including brief computer-graded questions with a more thorough instructor-graded application question. Day four assignment will be an upload of handwritten work showing DNA sequencing to protein codes.

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