A lecture/laboratory course designed to provide an integrative framework for how vertebrate form and function evolved. Weekly lectures emphasize development and the relationship between the structural and functional design of organ systems, the importance of these relationships in maintaining homeostasis while providing opportunity for adaptation, and examples of how vertebrate organ systems communicate to accomplish functional and physiological integration. Laboratory involves hands-on study of vertebrates from simplest to most complex. Students examine changes in structure/function at the gross anatomy and microscopic levels.
1.5 hr lecture and 5 hrs lab each week. Prereq: Bio 2970.
Course Attributes: FA NSM; BU SCI; AR NSM; AS NSM