SCI1206 From Dust to DNA

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SCI2206 From Dust to DNA

Everything, from complex machines to tall buildings, requires detailed plans in order to take basic components and turn them into a finished product.  Living things are no exception. This course will discuss the role of DNA in taking the building blocks of life and transforming them into cells and complex organisms.

The student will learn how living organisms pass on genetic traits and repair themselves when damaged.  They will investigate the details of one of the most intricately designed pieces of code.  This will enhance the student’s appreciation for the complexity of life.


From Dust to DNA will explore how the smallest of mechanisms, DNA, is used to create complex living organisms. The student will identify the basic components of DNA strands and explore the complex code that makes up life.  By the end of this course all students should learn:

  • The building blocks of DNA
  • DNA structure
  • DNA Replication
  • How hereditary traits are passed on
  • The relationship between RNA and DNA
  • How mutations affect the genetic code
  • DNA repair mechanisms
  • The role of genetics in health care


Full-CLC Students

“A CLC award signifies that the student has attained the knowledge, (through either prior education or experience), equal to or greater than the student would have learned in a traditional college course.”

“Based upon your CLC award, physical classroom attendance is not required; however, you will be required to successfully pass a final exam for each course.”

Based upon your HESEAP Application, you have received full-CLC for this course; therefore, this is a test-out course which does not include traditional education on the subject.

USILACS wants to help you succeed. If you feel you need a little knowledge refresher or want to expand your knowledge on this subject, we recommend that you consider reviewing some of the vast online education resources and search topics below.

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(The majority of the exam questions for this course are based upon information contained in the below search topics)

  • (2017) DNA, Chromosomes, Genes, and Traits: An Intro to Heredity by Amoeba sisters
  • (2017) DNA transcription and translation by McGraw-Hill Animations
  • (2017) Dust to Dust: Scientists Find DNA of Human Ancestors in Cave Floor Dirt. Joe Palca. NPR.Org.
  • (2016) Biology. OpenStax. Rice University
    • Chapter 2
    • Chapter 14
  • (2015) What happens when your DNA is damaged? - Monica Menesini by TED-Ed
  • (2014) DNA Replication: The Cell's Extreme Team Sport by Amoeba sisters
  • (2014) DNA Structure by Teacher’s Pet
  • (1998) Minerals are linked between Earth and human health. Emory College of Arts and Science.