Teaching

15: 171 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1  

The structure and function of human cells, tissues and organs are examined separately and as integrated systems directed at maintaining homeostasis. Instructional examples and items of developmental and clinical significance are featured in classes and in laboratories. Basic tissues, integument, bone, muscle, and nervous systems. 

15: 172 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 

The structure and function of human cells, tissues and organs are examined separately and as integrated systems directed at maintaining homeostasis. Instructional examples and items of developmental and clinical significance are features in classes and in laboratories. Body systems not included in 15:171 are included in this course (endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, urinary etc.

15:363 General Animal Physiology 

This course introduces students to the study of animal physiology at the cellular, tissue and whole organismal level. Using a comparative approach across broad animal taxa, focus will be placed on the strategies and mechanisms of control of physiological processes such as metabolism and energetics, excretion and osmoregulation, feeding and digestion, muscles and locomotion, nervous systems and hormonal regulation. The laboratory session will provide the students with hands-on experience with current physiological techniques, problem-solving skills and in the collection, analysis and reporting of scientific data.

15:454/654 Applied Biomedical Sciences  

This course is taught as a series of practical modules on various research topics, techniques and approaches that are currently used in biomedical laboratories. The course is divided into three modules: Basic Molecular Techniques, Recombinant DNA Technology and Functional Genomics. Each classroom session will involve an introduction to the topic followed by a practicum. This course will provide preparation for professional programs and graduates will obtain skills desired by the biomedical sector.

15:456/656 Environmental Animal Physiology 

This course will examine the physiological response of animals living in extreme environments. There will be a particular focus on challenging environmental conditions in terms of oxygen, temperature, water and ions, and hydrostatic pressure. The course will use examples drawn from a variety of vertebrates and invertebrates species to illustrate essential concepts and principles in environmental physiology. Every levels of biological organization will be considered in the context of their contribution to physiological homeostasis including the biochemical and cellular level, organ systems and whole animal adaptive strategies.

15:470/670 Genomics and Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field of biology that combines the use of computer science and statistics to process genome data. Genomics is the analysis of the structures and functions of entire genomes. This course will teach students how to generate biological databases from sequenced genomes and then use bioinformatics to solve problems arising from the genome data. The course will emphasize human, Neanderthal and chimpanzee genomes and through comparative analyses will attempt to answer the question “What makes us human”? The principles of organization, retrieval, manipulation and analysis of sequence data will be used to examine chromosomes, genomic organization and genetic and physical mapping of the genomes. Data generated will be used to address problems in genome epidemiology, genetic variation in specific diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes), genome-wide association studies, complex gene-environment and gene-gene interactions and the human spectrum.

15:449 UNDERGRADUATE THESIS IN BIOLOGY
A course of independent research and study under the supervision of a member of the Department of Biology whose expertise includes the area of specialty desired by the student. Students are advised to consult with potential supervisory faculty during their third year of study. A proposal for the research project must be submitted and approved by the Department. Research results will be presented during a final oral presentation and as a written thesis.

15:399 TOPICS IN BIOLOGY
A course of study in one or more areas of specialization to be selected in consultation with a member of the Department of Biology. It may include library, laboratory or field investigations, directed reading, seminars and conferences.

15:499 RESEARCH TOPICS IN BIOLOGY
A course of independent research and study under the supervision of a member of the Department of Biology whose expertise includes the specialty desired by the student. Topics should be selected in consultation with a faculty member in the student’s third year of study. Results will be presented as a major written work.