The detailed study of the human organism at from the cellular level through the organismal
level. The relationship between structures and related function is covered in lectures.
Laboratory study (required) includes substantial organ and animal dissection, bone
analysis, and histology (microscope work).
Vertebrate Developmental Biology
This course provides an introduction to vertebrate development.
The fundamental developmental processes involved formation of an organism will be
These include pattern formation, cell differentiation, organogenesis, morphogenesis,
at the molecular and cellular levels.
The course centers on the study of genetic, physiological, environmental and interactive
variables that influence human development from gametogenesis to birth.
The student will acquire an understanding of how development occurs in humans and
the relationship between abnormal developmental processes and disease states.
1. Describe the major milestones and anatomical structures associated with human
2. Explain the major theories and issues of human heredity and prenatal development.
3. Understand research methods used to study development and their applications.
To obtain a general understanding of the relationships between genes and the environment.
Principles of classical (Mendelian), molecular, and population genetics including
patterns of inheritance, genetic code and regulation of protein synthesis, recombinant
DNA techniques, and evolution of the genome at the population and molecular levels.
To obtain a broad overview of light microscopy, including the history of microscopy,
theoretical concepts and practical skills. The topics will be introduced in lectures,
and hands-on practice will be obtained in the laboratory.