Course master: Susan Dutcher, PhD (

Block: 2

Teaching style: Lecture and small groups

Grading: One problem-set, quizzes, and in-class exam

Passing: 60%

Some of you probably majored in genetics in undergrad, while others haven’t had any genetics since high school biology. Luckily, our genetics course accounts for those differences by covering the fundamentals in the first few lectures (which are totally optional for those with a strong background)! The rest of the course covers a wide variety of genetics topics, and, while the weekly quizzes on a handful of genetic diseases might seem annoying, they actually really reinforce topics that will reappear in second year and on Step 1. Plus, there’s no need to stress over quiz grades during first year anyway!

— Allison B., M2