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About the Course

Introduction to Genetics and Evolution is a college-level class being offered simultaneously to new students at Duke University. The course gives interested people a very basic overview of some principles behind these very fundamental areas of biology. We often hear about new "genome sequences," commercial kits that can tell you about your ancestry (including pre-human) from your DNA or disease predispositions, debates about the truth of evolution, why animals behave the way they do, and how people found "genetic evidence for natural selection." This course provides the basic biology you need to understand all of these issues better, tries to clarify some misconceptions, and tries to prepare students for future, more advanced coursework in Biology (and especially evolutionary genetics). No prior coursework is assumed....

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May 28, 2020

I recommend this course for someone who is interested in learning of basics of population genetics and evolutionary processes. Prof. Noor is a very good teacher and I like his explanation of concepts.

Jul 3, 2017

The course is really interesting! I love the way the professor demonstrate genetics theories by countless examples and evidence. And those questions about debates in genetics are thought-provoking!

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By Yash S

Oct 27, 2016

This is a great course if you want to understand how genes contribute to evolution and their roles in determining various phenomenon that occur in our bodies and in other life forms in nature, as well as the basics of evolution. Dr.Noor is an absolute delight.

By Tyler S

Feb 18, 2020

Thank you! This course was very informative and well put together! I would advise that the quizzes provide some explanation as to what went wrong, and I was a bit annoyed that I couldn't speak to you directly but Overall it was grouse! Thanks


May 26, 2020

Was absolutely wonderful, gained a lot of insights on evolution and understood the aspect behind genetics. It was a delightful learning experience. Thank you professor Noor and all the others for this!

By Fridda F

Jan 13, 2020

This course has a very good level, and is not as such an introduccion, you must know a little bit of molecular biology and the genetics terminology. May be hard but is really woth.

By Idan H

Feb 1, 2021

A great course for those who want a simple introduction to Biology.

Reflects the basic concepts of the subject clearly, with real-world examples.

By valérie c

Dec 31, 2015

very interesting. I regret that we are not allowed to discuss the exam questions (of course after the dead line) for a better understanding.

By Yolanda J

Jan 7, 2021

Good course! Evolution done different from what I learned in the past. Updated info. Included Gwas and how to analysis genome sequences.

By S U V

Apr 18, 2020

It was very good. A good knowledge was imparted on genetics and evolution through impressive teaching.

By Raval n S

Aug 13, 2020

So nice and really amazing guidance proved by the sir..and very AMAZING quiz is available..

By Oscar P

Sep 7, 2021

A mandatory course for whoever wants to start a career in genetics

By Letícia M R

Sep 7, 2020

Excelente curso, muito explicativo e com vários conteúdos.

By Eylül K

Jul 20, 2017

A perfect beginning for evolution, helps a lot, thank you!


Sep 29, 2020

Very nice course, it gives a immense knowlegde

By Colin R

Aug 19, 2020

Very informative and well paced in its lessons

By Anjali S D o B

Aug 19, 2021

Very nice course and interesting topics!

By Emome T

Sep 29, 2020

Thank you sir for making genetics fun.

By Rocío C

May 5, 2020

it was interesting, but very long!!

By Shahzeb A

Aug 7, 2020

lovely course

By Tejaswini R

Jun 8, 2020

good course


Feb 1, 2016

The content of the class is very nice. It gives a nice overview on genetics, and it was made accessible to many of us. Also, Mohamed Noor is very enthusiastic, and provides a lot of nice examples to illustrate the course. However, I think some parts of the class were a little bit dizorganized. For instance, I was sometimes confused by the vocabulary or the variable notations which are not always clear.

By Keri B

Jan 27, 2016

quite good

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By Yusuf M A

Sep 25, 2021

Boring and the quizzes are extremely hard.

By Dawn R

Jul 30, 2020

You have to be a mathematician major to understand anything passed the second week. I dropped. This super fast talking guy seems to enjoy hearing himself talk. Maybe I am simple minded, but this course made me proud of that. His passion gets in the way of his ability to actually teach.

The only thing I learned is that if you have to retake his exams, the actual answers change meanings.

Also, according to his lessons, I am green colorblind. That is ridiculous. Emerald is my favorite gemstone.

Also, just because a woman is attractive according to him, doesn't mean that she is the only type of woman worthy of a husband. I think he talks before he thinks.

By Elizabeth J

Aug 17, 2021

cannot purchase certificate after completing the full course