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Course Description

The course will provide an introduction to genomics, bioinformatics tools, and data analysis. The course is tailored to undergraduate students in biology.


BZ 110 or BZ 120 or LIFE 102

Time and Place

CHEM A101, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 pm. Because of physical distancing measures in place due to COVID-19, students will be split into two sections and each section will receive in-person instruction on one of the two days. Lectures will be available on-line. Class time will be largely devoted to computer exercises.


Office Office Hours email
Tai Montgomery Microsoft Teams Wednesday, 3-4 pm

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the principles of genomics and bioinformatics.
  • Use genomics resources and computational tools to address biological questions.
  • Comprehend literature related to genomics and bioinformatics.
  • Utilize the command line to interact with a computer.
  • Develop Python programs.
  • Analyze genomics datasets.

Learning Assessment

Letter grades are as follows:

  • A (90-100%)
  • B (80-89%)
  • C (70-79%)
  • D (60-69%)
  • F (<60%)


  • Exam 1 (20%)
  • Exam 2 (20%)
  • Lab exercises (52%)
  • Lab notebook (8%)

Exams: Students will be given a full class period to complete exams. Exams will consist of multiple choice, fill in the blank, and short answer questions. Exams will cover both the lecture and laboratory material.

Reading and viewing assignments: Students will read each paper and watch each video assigned and be able to answer simple questions relating to them on the exams.

Lab exercises: Students will complete computer lab exercises during class and as homework (13 in total).

Lab notebook: Students will keep a lab notebook and turn it in on the last day of class.

Diversity Resources

CSU is committed to advancing an inclusive university culture. Visit the Diversity Resources Page for services and support available to you. To learn more about diversity at CSU, visit The Office of the Vice President for Diversity .

Mental Health and Academic Success

Mental health has a tremendous impact on your success and wellbeing. There are several resources available at CSU to help you cope with mental and emotional health issues. Please visit CSU Health Network. If you have needs that hold you back from achieving your full potential in this course, please reach out to the instructor.

Academic Integrity

You are expected to be familiar with the CSU Student Code of Conduct. This course will adhere to the CSU Academic Integrity Policy.

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