An examination of cyclic phenomena in living organisms. This class will cover the mechanistic underpinnings and evolutionary significance of biological rhythms across the tree of life, from microbes to humans. We will focus on the molecular structure, physiology, and functional significance of the circadian rhythm, as well as its implications in human health. We will also learn about circannual timekeepers that regulate reproduction and migration, lunar and tidal rhythms, and gene oscillations.
1) Learn fundamental biological concepts that give rise to biological clocks.
2) Understand the ultimate and proximate mechanisms of biological clocks.
3) Learn to critically analyze primary scientific literature.
4) Develop written and oral communication skills.
Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: In order to be eligible for this course, students should have a full pass in at least one of the following courses: Vertebrate Physiology (BIO 4115), Neuroscience (BIO 4437), or Brain, Behavior, & Cognition (BIO 2128).
Course Level: 4000-level
W 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
Categories: Fully In-Person , All courses , Environment , Biology