Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Computer Science

Academics

Computer Science 242. DNA

An amazing blend of biology, chemistry, computing and mathematics emerges when considering the molecule “deoxyribonucleic acid” (DNA). DNA is the blueprint of life for all organisms on Earth and throughout evolutionary time. This course explores DNA from the following four points of view: molecular biology, applied mathematics, evolutionary biology and computer science. Students will analyze DNA sequences by learning to write computer programs (software) in the language Perl. Learning to write programs is a pure, distilled form of problem solving, a vital skill for many careers and graduate studies. Historical and ethical aspects of DNA are discussed. Counts as a related course in the biology major and as a 200-level elective in the computer science major.