Faculties and centres
Genetics as central subject in the study of Biology has unified all biological sciences by revealing the uniformity of hereditary systems.
Genetics explains the processes of biological evolution as a change in allele frequencies, since genetic diversity is one of the basic levels of biodiversity. The understanding of the genetic dynamics of the populations is fundamental for theirs study and conservation. Gene-environment interactions (nature/nurture) explain the forms and characteristics of living organisms.
In addition, Genetics has a remarkable influence in our society:
- Modern society depends on Genetics, through the improvement of crop plants and farm animals.
- Genetics is of great importance in medicine, since a good number of diseases have a genetic basis
- Genetics affects the vision that we have of the world, our relations with the organic world and the rest of the universe.
Specific Competences:>> Ability
To understand the basic mechanisms of inheritance, genetic variability, biodiversity and evolution.
To construct and interpret chromosome maps.
To apply the scientific method in the context of Genetics.
To learn how to solve problems of Genetics.
To get familiar with techniques for genetic analysis as well as the application of statistical methods in the analysis of genetic information
To learn the correct use of a set of instruments in the Genetics laboratory
To be able to analyse and value the information obtained from genetic experiments
To know and assess the social scope of some aspects of research in Genetics.
To develop abilities concerning experimental design, hypothesis testing, scientific criticism, and other skills related with the scientific method in general, and genetic analysis in particular
To develop general skills, such as oral and written communication, innovation, steadiness, public speaking and discussion.