Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomics Courses & Seminars

Below are sampling of genomics-related course titles and descriptions that have been offered at UC Santa Cruz. Genomics course and seminar offerings are subject to instructor availability and change with each quarter, so please check department catalogs for the latest UCSC course offerings in genomics.

Engineering Department Programs & Courses

Genomics-related course descriptions offered by The Jack Baskin School of Engineering:

  • Computational Biology Tools, Biomolecular Engineering 110
    This hands-on lecture and laboratory course teaches basic tools and skills being used in computational biology such as genome browsers, sequence database searching, motif analysis, multiple sequence alignment, gene finders, phylogenetics analysis, and protein structure visualization, amongst others.
  • Seminar in Cancer Genomics, Biomolecular Engineering 281C
    This genomics seminar focuses on utilizing current computational biology research to identify genomics-based signatures of cancer onset, progression, and treatment response. Students present their own research, host journal clubs, and attend lectures and teleconferences to learn about national and international projects conducting active cancer research.
  • Seminar in Comparative Genomics, Biomolecular Engineering 281H
    This weekly genomics seminar series is introducing students to current research in comparative genomics through discussion of the computational and experimental literature of the field.
  • Bioethics in the 21st Century: Science, Business, and Society, Biomolecular Engineering 80G
    Guest speakers and the instructors lead discussions of major ethical questions that have arisen from research in genetics, medicine, and the industries supported by this knowledge.
  • Scientific Principles of Life, Biomolecular Engineering 18 with Prof. David Haussler Fall 2018
    Enroll in Biomolecular Engineering (BME) 18 at my.ucsc.edu usiag class #23658. Learn basic principles of life as it exists on this planet and how they generalize — Darwinian evolution, genomes — scientific theories of life including mechanistic, thermodynamic, and information theoretic models. Explore the future of life from the Internet to machine learning and adaptation, artificial intelligence, genome editing and fully artificial life. This course satisfies the Scientific Inquiry 5-course credit requirement for undergraduates.

Genetics-Based Discrimination

Knowledge of the human genome can pose risks as well as benefits for society. Among the shorter-term risks are the specter of discrimination in employment and health insurance based on genetic information and the possibility that certain groups in society will be stigmatized based on higher incidence of particular versions of genes within these groups.

Beyond supporting legislation intended to address discrimination issues, we seek to involve a diverse array of societal groups in the process of developing and disseminating our new genetic knowledge. This is an exploration of all of the diversity and commonality of our human heritage. To help achieve this goal, we have applied for and received a supplement to our NHGRI grant that is specially designed to engage individuals from underrepresented groups in our research and educational mission.

Explore our diversity program for more information.

Department of Sociology Programs & Courses