Classes start next week, and I’m teaching genetics again. I’m getting lots of questions from incoming students that I will answer right here, just in case there are a few of you reading the blog.
There will be no labs the first week of class — first lab is on Tuesday, first lecture is on Wednesday, and I hate dragging students into a lab completely cold.
Yes, you can use back editions of the textbook. Current edition is the 9th, but I’ll give out reading assignments and problems with numbers from the 7th, 8th, and 9th editions. It’s a pain in the butt, but the books are ridiculously expensive, and they don’t change that much from edition to edition.
If you are a UMM biology major in their junior year, I have another important announcement: I’m going to be on sabbatical next year. We are having a serious surge of enrollments that is making our required course in molecular biology into a major bottleneck, and we had to decide whether my temporary replacement would be someone to take over my genetics course, or someone who could offer a second section of molecular biology. Molecular biology is the priority right now.
That means that if you were counting on taking genetics next year, you can’t, and you’re going to have to rejigger your schedule and take it this year. Contact me soon, I’ll be very, very generous in squeezing more students in this term.
We now return Pharyngula to topics of more global interest.