BIOLOGY 208 - Embryology
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Biology (BIOLOGY)
Department: LSA Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
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Enforced Prerequisites:
BIOLOGY 162 or 163 or [171 and (172 or 174)] or 195.
Other Course Info:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This embryology course consists of two one-and-a-half hour lectures. We will study the entire organism as a function of time. We will explore how a single cell, the fertilized egg, develops into a multicellular organism with an emphasis on human development. Other model systems will also be used to provide stage-by-stage comparisons and to illustrate developmental conceptual frameworks that are shared by all vertebrates. The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to fundamental aspects of embryonic development, while fostering scientific analytical and communication skills.

Lecture material in the course is divided into three sections.

  1. The first section includes gametogenesis, fertilization, the development of the embryo from zygote to differentiation of the neural tube and the techniques used to study embryonic development.
  2. The second section covers the development of selected human organ systems and other developmental models.
  3. The third section examines the molecular basis for embryonic patterning and for medically-related topics including stem cells.

Grades for the course are based on the three lecture exams, weekly questions, class participation, and group presentations.

This course satisfies requirements for Biology, EEB, and CMB concentrations.

Required textbook: Developmental Biology, Scott F. Gilbert. 8th edition. Sinauer.

Recommended textbooks: Human Embryology, William J. Larsen. 3rd edition. Churchill Livingstone. Human Embryology and Developmental Biology, Bruce M. Carlson. Updated version. Elsevier Mosby.

BIOLOGY 208 - Embryology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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ISBN: 087893250X
Developmental biology, Author: Scott F. Gilbert ; with a chap, Publisher: Sinauer Associates, Inc. Publi 8th ed. 2006
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