May 15, 2021  
College Catalog 2020-2021 
    
College Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIOL 365 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy


Vertebrates are backboned organisms that include more than 50,000 living species ranging in size from a fish weighing less than an aspirin to a whale weighing nearly 300,000 pounds. They live in virtually every habitat on Earth and include species that fly higher, swim deeper, and move faster than other organisms. In this course, we will investigate vertebrate form and function through the lens of evolutionary history and dissection of representative vertebrates. Emphasis is placed on the origin and diversification of the basic vertebrate body plan and the morphological, functional, and evolutionary patterns that result. This course fulfills the coursework in anatomy recommended for most pre-health programs. Three lecture hours and three hours of dissection-based laboratory each week. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 180  and BIOL 190 ; junior standing or permission of instructor Offered most years, spring semester. (4 Credits)