Freestanding courses in Animal Genetics, Animal Breeding and Bioinformatics

Last changed: 01 February 2021
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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 and autumn semester 2021 (after that every autumn).

After studying Basic Animal breeding and Genetics you can study Clinical genomics in veterinary medicine (first part of spring semester 2022) and The biology of the horse (September 2021).

We also have an introductory course in aquaculture, Sustainable aquaculture, that is given as a part time distance course in autumn 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 in the subject bioinformatics.

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

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Animal Genetics - health, behaviour and welfare

In this course you will learn about disease genetics, genetics of animal behaviour and breeding for improved animal welfare. Three parallel parts run along the whole course: lectures, case studies and own project work. Computer exercises are also included.

Prior knowledge required:

180 credits at first cycle level, of which 

  • 60 credits biology, animal science, equine science, veterinary nursing or veterinary medicine (of which 5 credits genetics)
  • or 60 credits agricultural sciences (of which at least 30 credits animal and dairy science/zoology and 5 credits genetics) 

and 

  • English 6

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

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

Clinical genomics in veterinary medicine

This course gives basic knowledge about how DNA variation can have an effect on the risk of diseases in domestic animals.

Prior knowledge required:

60 credits of 

  • veterinary medicine 
    or 
  • animal science 
    or 
  •  biology 
    or 
  •  medicine 
    or
  •  biomedicine 
    or 
  • biotechnology 
    or 
  • veterinary nursing 

and 4,5 credits genetics. 

Exemption granted from the general entry requirement of Swedish.

Designing breeding programs

The course gives the student advanced knowledge in practical animal breeding. The course is given during the first part of the spring semester.

Prior knowledge required:

180 credits at first cycle level, of which 

  • 7 credits genetics/animal breeding 
  • 7,5 credits statistics-mathematics 

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) 
  •  

and 

  • English 6

Sustainable aquaculture

The course gives basic knowledge about aquaculture. The student will learn both about the most common farmed fish species and about production systems. Most of the teaching is online, but there are a few compulsory meetings for practical laboratory exercises and study visits.

Prior knowledge required:

  • Chemistry 2 
  • Biology 2 
  • Mathematics 3b or 3c 

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
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