Undergraduate courses

  • BIOL 3401: Comparative Animal Physiology:
    • Comparative study of the basic physiological processes, with special attention paid to those strategies invoked by animals which enable them to adapt to environmental changes.
  • BIOL 3500: Histology
    • Study of microstructure and ultrastructure of tissues and organ systems in vertebrates, particularly mammals, with emphasis on correlating structure and function.
  • BIOL 4550: Principles of Endocrinology
    • Comprises an introduction to basic concepts concerned with how chemical messages are transmitted and received between cells to coordinate body functions. Hormonal control of adaptation, reproduction, metabolism, growth, digestion, and electrolyte homeostasis will be discussed. Although the endocrinology of invertebrates and lower vertebrates will be mentioned as appropriate, the main emphasis will be on mammalian and human endocrinology at the level of the whole organism.

Graduate courses

  • BIOL 7934: Special topics in cellular and molecular endocrinology
    • This is an advanced course covering a range of selected topics on vertebrate endocrinology. The major endocrine and neuroendocrine systems and their involvement in the control of physiological functions in vertebrates will be described. Emphasis will be placed on understanding structure-function relationships of hormones, their receptors and biologic activities. Examples from the literature will be used to illustrate recent advances in molecular endocrinology.
  • BIOL 7520: Advances in Fish Biology
    • This is an advanced course covering a range of selected topics on fish form and function. Topics include anatomy, physiology and behavior of fish. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the physiological mechanisms developed by different groups of fish to adapt to their environment and on the interactions of fish with their ecosystems.
  • BIOL 7560: Physiology of Marine Vertebrates
    • This is an advanced course covering a range of selected topics on physiological and biochemical adaptations of vertebrates to the marine environment. Topics might include osmoregulatory and respiratory adaptations, adaptation to life in the deep sea, adaptations to diving in birds and mammals, and physiology of migration in the sea.