Feb 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Course Catalog 
  
2023-2024 Course Catalog
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BIOL 320 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy


4 Credits
This course explores the relationship between form and function in selected vertebrate taxa.  The morphology, evolutionary development, physiology, adaptations of structures and systems in vertebrate animals will be discussed. Laboratory work includes dissection of vertebrate animals. Animal studies will center on the exploration of mammalian, avian, ichthyoid, and reptilian organisms. Students will examine evolutionary changes and adaptations in the context of environmental pressures contributing to the current anatomical models of these organisms. The laboratory portion will focus on dissection of select vertebrates to emphasize vertebrate anatomy in the context of evolution and the environment.
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 114 - Introduction to Cellular Biology  and BIOL 117 - Introduction to Evolution and Kingdoms  or one year of general biology



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