• 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.
  • Semester Offered: Spring
  • Credits: 3
  • Course URL: The course will use the Canvas website as a learning tool including for the posting of lecture materials and supplementary information.  Students must have internet access, and a computer.


Fundamentals of Cell and Developmental Biology 01:146:270

Course Syllabus 

Spring 2024 Syllabus (Subject to change)

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 during the final exam period. All students will maintain a learning journal and a subject related infographic that will be submitted for evaluation. 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. The format and topic of the paper must be approved in advance.

Course Materials             

Required Text: DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY, 13th Edition, by Scott Gilbert. Published by Sinauer Associates. Students may use one of two formats of the text: Hardbound ISBN: 978019757451 or the E-version ISBN: 9780197574652.

Supplementary reading will be proved throughout the course and uploaded to Canvas.

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Dr. Arnold G. Hyndman

** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.