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BIO317 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology

This course, the first half of the two-term series, will focus on anatomical and physiological connectivity among diverse members of the animal kingdom. It will take an evolutionary approach that will lead to an understanding of how form and function change over time in response to natural selection. Specific organs and organ systems will be highlighted. The study of early chordates and evolutionary chronology will provide background for understanding of the anatomy and physiology of vertebrates, which will be the primary focus of this course. In addition to cytology and histology, the organ systems to be covered are the skeletal, muscular, nervous and sensory systems. You will learn to identify structures and be able to describe their functions while gaining knowledge of anatomical and physiological terminology. This course is designed for students interested in veterinary medicine or with a general interest in animal anatomy and physiology.

Concurrent enrollment in BIO318 required.

Credit Hours: 4

Prerequisites: BIO124/125, CHM124/125 and MAT 118

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