Superpowers in the Animal Kingdom (BSC 1930): A tiny tardigrade can survive 10,000 times more radiation than a human. Octopuses can become nearly invisible in seconds. Electric eels can produce a shock that is powerful enough to stun a human. There are many examples of superpowers in the animal kingdom. This course focuses on the mechanisms that underlie real life superpowers and how they evolved.
General Biology III (BSC 2012C): This course is designed to introduce students to the diversity and evolution of animals and the anatomy and physiology of representative taxa. Students are introduced to the tremendous biodiversity that results from the basic building blocks of life that are described in General Biology I and II. An overview of the major groups of animals is presented, focusing on unique adaptations and the evolutionary origin of important characteristics. A comparative view of animal anatomy and physiology is provided by examining the development of organs and organ systems in representative animal groups. The laboratory involves experimentation with living animals and/or dissection of preserved animals.
Genetics (PCB 3063C): Genetics is the study of how heritable characteristics are transferred between generations. This course focuses on the molecular basis of heredity, the connection between genotypes and phenotypes, and how genotypes and phenotypes evolve. Students hone critical thinking skills by applying the knowledge and skills that they gain in class to solve genetics problems.
Coastal Invertebrate Zoology (ZOO4208C): This course is designed to introduce students to the major problems that biologists are currently working to solve in the field of metazoan evolution. Students study comparative approaches that are utilized to solve the mysteries of metazoan evolution, such as phylogenetics, comparative genomics, comparative morphology, and evolutionary developmental biology.
Genomics (BSC4930): Genomics is one of the newest and most exciting fields in biology. Discoveries made in this field have far reaching implications for important topics such as the evolution of life on our planet and the genetic causes of human diseases. This course focuses on the history of genomics, the technology used to sequence and analyze genomes, and the discoveries made from investigations of genomes. This course addresses questions such as what genomic comparisons reveal about the relationship between disparate animal lineages; how the genome controls the production of the phenotype; the relationship between genome complexity and phenotype complexity; the evolutionary mechanisms that control genome architecture; and the genomic underpinnings of human disease.