BIO 325 - Genetics

Course Number Course Title Semester Day & Time Instructor Course Fee Register
BIO 325 Genetics Summer 2020 TWTH 7:00PM - 8:30PM Janice Fischer $850.00 Class not available
Course Type:
Semester-Based Online

This class is 100% online. Students are required to attend instructor-led virtual class meetings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m.

BIO 325 covers the subject of genetics and focuses on the following topics: what genes are; how they work; how genes are inherited; how they evolve; how your genes differentiate you from everyone else; how knowledge of genetics is enabling us to cure diseases and understand our ancestry; and how scientists are figuring all of this out. In addition to learning the subject matter of genetics, the following attributes are equally important to your success in this course: critical thinking, quantitative analysis, application of knowledge through problem solving, self-motivated learning and learning by helping your peers. The official BIO 325 curriculum is available here.

This course is identical to that regularly offered at UT Austin. Students can expect to follow the same curriculum, taught by UT Austin faculty to the same high standards. Students seeking to apply this course towards a degree are encouraged to speak with their advisor prior to enrollment, as online courses often do not meet the requirements of medical schools.

Seats are limited and early enrollment is advised.

Date & Location:
Location: 100% Online
Meets: June 4 - August 14
Final exam: TBA, instructor will provide information

Course Materials:

(Required) From Genes to Genomes, 6th ed., McGraw-Hill with Connect website access.  Note: Older editions cannot substitute. Connect access is required. Within Connect, a loose-leaf copy of the text can be purchased directly from the publisher for $25.

Computer configuration should include a webcam and microphone.


Janice Fischer is a professor in Molecular Biosciences, director of the Biology Instructional Office at UT Austin, and an award-winning teacher of genetics. Dr. Fischer earned her PhD in 1988 in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Harvard University, did postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley and MIT, and came to UT in 1993. Dr. Fischer’s research involves the use of Drosophila as a genetic model system to understand molecular aspects of development, such as how cells communicate with each other to form patterns and organs.

Official UT Austin Description:

Basic principles of Mendelism, molecular genetics, structure and function of genes and chromosomes, populations and evolution.


Biology 311C and 311D with a grade of at least C- in each. Students must have the approval of the University Extension advisor to to enroll in this course. See Course Approvals for more information.


No refunds after 6/9/2020.