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Fish Genetics Online (Internet) Courses

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The Kentucky State University Division of Aquaculture offers both a 3-credit-hour Fish Genetics undergraduate, (AQU 407) and a graduate (AQU 507) Internet course. Dr. Boris Gomelsky teaches the courses. These classes are taught in a video format. Students see instructor's recorded PowerPoint lectures and video clips.

The graduate-level course (AQU 507) is intended for students who already have or are completing a bachelor's (or higher) degree. During the course, students take four online tests. Graduate-level students also prepare a review paper directed towards a more detailed examination of one topic in fish genetics.
This online course presents an overview of fish genetics.
The emphasis will be on practical applications for
aquaculture and fisheries management.

The course consists of seven parts, which include 17 lectures (classes):

Part I. Material Basis of Heredity and Cytogenetics of Fish Reproduction

Class 1. Introduction to Genetics. Variability and Evolution of Fish Karyotypes

Class 2. Genetics of Sex Determination. Formation of Reproductive System and Sex Differentiation

Class 3. Gametogenesis and Fertilization in Fish

Class 4. Natural Gynogenesis and Hybridogenesis in Fish

Part II. Inheritance of Quantitative Morphological Traits in Fishes

Class 5. Introduction to Mendelian Genetics and Inheritance of Color Traits in Fish

Class 6. Inheritance of Scale Cover in Common Carp and Other Qualitative Morphological Traits in Fish

Part III. Inheritance of Quantitative Traits in Fish

Class 7. Inheritance of Quantitative Traits in Fish

Part IV. Biochemical and Molecular (DNA) Genetic markers

Class 8. Protein Polymorphism and Its Application

Class 9. Molecular (DNA) Markers and Their Application

Part V. Selective Breeding and Hybridization

Class 10. Fish Selection

Class 11. Inbreeding and Methods of Its Reduction

Class 12. Intraspecies and Interspecies Hybridization

Part VI. Chromosome Set Manipulation and Sex Control in Aquaculture

Class 13. Induced Gynogenesis and Androgeneisis

Class 14. Induced Polyploidy

Class 15. Hormonal Sex Reversal and Genetic Sex Regulation

Part VII. Gene Engineering and Genomics

Class 16. Gene engineering and Production of Transgenic Fish

Class 17. Fish Genomics

Every lecture is divided into several modules (video segments). Students may view modules on their computers as often as they wish.

Dr. Gomelsky is instructor of the courses.

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Dr. Boris Gomelsky

Why take an Internet course?

An online course is perfect for persons who have limited time, and may not be able to attend class at a particular hour. Also, Web courses provide subject matter that may not be available at a nearby school.

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Any prerequisites?

Student should receive consent of instructor for acceptance into the course.

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How to Enroll:

Students are encouraged to contact Dr. Gomelsky via e-mail boris.gomelsky@kysu.edu to receive consent for acceptance into the course and instructions for registration.

Why Fish Genetics online?

Fisheries, Aquatic Sciences, or Aquaculture programs offered by many universities may not include a specialized course in Fish Genetics. This Web class can fill that need. Biology students may take this course, also.

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Is a textbook required?

A recent textbook on general genetics is highly recommended for a better understanding of Fish Genetics’ online materials

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Who may take Fish Genetics?
Anyone who...

* wants to add a course on Fish Genetics into his/her present university curriculum.

* already has a degree in biology or in some other area and is interested in aquaculture or fisheries.

* wants to get credit hours without attending a traditional classroom.

* presently works in aquaculture or fisheries areas and needs knowledge of fish genetics for his/her professional development.

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What about tuition and fees?

(AQU 407) 

Tuition - Graduate
(AQU 507)

(Tuition and fees subject to change.)

One hundred forty-eight students from 36 American states and 14 foreign countries have taken KSU Fish Genetics online courses from 2002 to 2012.

Student comments on Fish Genetics Online

"I enjoyed the class. It was well organized and informative. This was my first Internet course and I was pleased."
Shane Kornberg
Cohutta Fisheries Center
University of Georgia

"I found your class very enjoyable and educative. If your class was not offered as an online class, I would never have had the opportunity to take it since Montana is a long ways from Kentucky. Thanks for opening up that opportunity."
Shana Bernall

"I really enjoyed this course. I thought it was very well laid out and presented very clearly. For genetics, I think this is crucial. This was the first online course I've ever taken, and would recommend it to others."
Colin Bornia
Pacific Aquafarms

"Thanks so much for offering the genetics course online. It was a convenient, efficient way for me to learn this important information."
Jan Dean
Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery

"I enjoyed a lot this online course. It was a rich experience full of useful information that will help me in my professional work. I recommend it not only for the knowledge you can acquire, but for the instructor of the course who is an experienced geneticist."
Betty Gamero
Dept. of Oceanography
National University Frederico Villarreal
Lima, Peru

"The course has been so informative and enriching."
Paul Mwera
Lake Harvest Aquaculture

"I enjoyed the course very much. I learned a great deal in the course and I think it will complement my plan of study and future plans."
Jeffrey Jolley
Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
South Dakota

"I think this course has been very good. I have learned many things that will be beneficial for future fish genetics studies that occur here in Arkansas."
Jonathan Stein
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

"I enjoyed this course. I hope others did also."
Elizabeth Wyatt
Undergraduate Student

"I have learned a lot in this course and have really enjoyed taking it."
Steven Zimmerman
Developmental Genetics Program
New York University School of Medicine
New York

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