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MSMS 6211, BCOR 5585 Genomics: Getting Started

Your First Stop in Oceanography Research




Course Number: MSMS 6211, BCOR 5585

The primary goal of this course is to introduce and describe the latest advances in molecular biology, genomics computational biotechnology, and their interrelationships through classroom and computer laboratory exercises.  Discussions will also place these topics in a marine and evolutionary context.  We will study the milestone discoveries, which led to the rise of genomics, characteristics of the wide spectrum of different genomes (prokaryotic, eukaryotic and organellar), innovative molecular techniques and computational tools used to study these genomes, and the impact of genomics on current biological issues and problems.



Course Number: MSMS 6211, BCOR 5585


Genomics Textbook Information:

The below texts are suggested but not required for this course:

Brown, T. A. (2007). Genomes 3. New York: Garland Science Pub.  ISBN 978-0815341383



Brown, T. A.  (2002). Genomes 2. New York: Garland Science Pub. 




Gibson, G. and S. V. Muse (2009). A Primer of Genome Science. Sunderland: Sinauer Associates.  ISBN 978-0878932368



Pevsner, P. 2015. Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics



Finkel, E. 2012. The Genome Generation, Melbourne Univ Press.





‚ÄčHandouts (current primary papers that will be distributed throughout the course)

  • Some course readings can be found under "Find Articles" in this guide.



Course Number: MSMS 6211, BCOR 5585


At the conclusion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficient library and computer skills in data gathering and analysis.
  2. Analyze microbial and eukaryotic macromolecular sequences in the context of specific biological questions.
  3.  Navigate and apply diverse, modern genetic databases and software to specific questions.
  4. Apply current bioinformatics and genomics methods to current (marine) organismal systems and problems.
  5.  Prepare oral and written reports in an acceptable standard scientific format.
  6. Understand some of the larger questions and issues within genomics and large scale data collection and analysis.
  7. Learn to work and cooperate as part of an interdisciplinary team.