Freestanding courses in Animal Genetics, Animal Breeding and Bioinformatics

Last changed: 14 October 2020
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Do you want to learn more about animal breeding, animal genetics or bioinformatics? Then you can choose one or a few of our courses that are open to students outside programs.

Basic level

As an introduction to the subject we have the course Basic Animal Breeding and Genetics of 7,5 ECTS that is given as a distance learning course during spring semester 2021.

After studying Basic Animal breeding and Genetics you can study Veterinärmedicinsk klinisk genomik (probably spring semestyer 2022) and The biology of the horse (September 2021).

Masters level

Our recommended study track for studying bioinformatics at master level is to start with our course Bioinformatics that will run the first half of the autumn semester and then take the course Genome analysis the second part of the autumn semester. After that you can do a master thesis. Currently you can do a master thesis in the subject biology but it will be possible to do it in the subject bioinformatics soon.

Read more about the offered courses below. The description of the course is in the same language than the course. 

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Basic Animal Breeding and Genetics

This distance course gives an introduction to genetics of domestic animals, for example dogs, horses, sheep, cows. All aspects from the DNA of a single individual to the variation and changes in a group of animals are covered in the course. Lectures gives examples on how different traits are inherited and how breeding can be planned for different species. Exercises give the students knowledge about how the traits in the offspring can be predicted from the traits of the parents.

Prior knowledge required:

  • 30 ECTS in Animal Science, Biology, Veterinary medicine or Animal nursing.
  • English 6

Veterinärmedicinsk klinisk genomik

Den här kursen ger kunskaper om hur variation i DNA kan påverka risk för sjukdomar hos husdjur. Kursen ges på svenska på distans och ges troligen nästa gång vårterminen 2022.

Förkunskapskrav:

  • 60 hp veterinärmedicin eller husdjursvetenskap eller biologi eller medicin eller biomedicin eller bioteknologi eller djuromvårdnad
  • 4,5 hp genetik
  • Svenska 3
  • Engelska 6

The biology of the horse

The course gives the student basic knowledge about the biology, ethology, feeding, breeding and management of the healthy horse. The course is 7,5 ECTS and is given on campus Ultuna in September.

Prior knowledge required:

  • 80 hp Animal Science or 80 hp Biology, of which at least 7,5 hp animal physiology, 5 hp breeding, and 7,5 hp nutrition
  • English 6

Bioinformatics

This course at master level gives an introduction to bioinformatics with many hands on copmuter exercises. The course is 15 ECTS and is given on campus Ultuna the first half of the autumn semester.

Prior knowledge required:

  • 180 credits at first cycle level, of which 
  • 60 hp credits biology, animal science, equine science, veterinary nursing or veterinary medicine or of which 15 credits cell biology or molecular genetics or genetics/breeding.

or

  • 60 credits computer science and 7,5 credits cell biology or molecular genetics or genetics/breeding.

and

  • English 6

Genome analysis

The course at master level gives in-depth knowledge on methods for studying DNA and structure and evolution of genomes. The course is 15 ECTS and is given on campus Ultuna the second half of the autumn semester.

Prior knowledge required:

180 credits at first cycle level, of which 

  • 60 credits biology, animal science, equine science, veterinary nursing or veterinary medicine or 
  • 60 credits agricultural sciences (of which at least 30 credits animal and dairy science/zoology) 
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and 

  • English 6
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