This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major.
Fundamentals of Cell and Developmental Biology 01:146:270
Developmental biology is a diverse and rapidly changing field. This course integrates molecular, cellular and organismal approaches to address problems of cell differentiation, morphogenesis and pattern formation, organ formation, growth and reproduction. Different organisms are introduced as model systems for analysis. Contemporary health and ethics issues relevant to developmental biology are also considered in this course.
The course makes use of the Sakai website for posting lecture materials and supplementary information.
Course Satisfies Learning Goals
1. Master factual and conceptual knowledge in cell biology and neuroscience that will provide a solid foundation for success in advanced training and professional careers.
2. Develop an ability to summarize, integrate and organize information.
3. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate the potential for current research and new discoveries to improve our understanding of cell biology and neuroscience and its relevance to human health and to our society.
Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy
There will be a total of three exams. Two of these exams will be held during regularly scheduled class periods. The last exam will be given as a final exam. All students will maintain a learning journal that will be submitted for evaluation three times during the semester. All students will be required to submit a written review of a current research article in the field of developmental biology. Graduate students (all students registered for 148:504) will be expected to write a short research review paper and make a presentation on the topic to the class. The format and topic of the paper must be approved in advance.
Required Text: DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY, 11th Edition, by Scott Gilbert. Published by Oxford University Press, USA.
Dr. Arnold G. Hyndman
** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.