Zoology is the study of animals, which is accomplished through the comparison of the structure and function of their physiological systems. The focus will be on the diverse adaptations of animals to their environments.
This course is designed as an introduction to the structure, function, and physiology of animals. We will study the evolutionary relationships among organisms by comparing and contrasting their adaptive strategies. Our studies will focus on invertebrate and vertebrate organisms. Specific course objectives include:
Describe the taxonomic and evolutionary relationships between major groups of animals through features of their anatomy, physiology, development, behavior, and ecology
Apply skills in dissection, microscopy, and self-guided learning to develop anatomical and taxonomic knowledge of animals
Design and execute a research project involving experimental design, data collection, analysis, and presentation of the results in oral and written forms
Discuss how zoology contributes to scientific progress and influences other disciplines both within and outside of the life sciences