This course is 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 clock, as well as its implications in human health. We will also learn about circannual timekeepers that regulate reproduction and migration, lunar and tidal rhythms, the human menstrual cycle, and gene oscillations.
1) Learn the fundamental biological concepts that give rise to biological clocks.
2) Understand the ultimate and proximate mechanisms of biological clocks.
3) Learn to formulate hypotheses and design ways to test them.
4) Develop written and oral communication skills.
Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Vertebrate Physiology, Neuroscience, or Cell Biology.
Course Level: 4000-level
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
Categories: All courses , Updates , Biology , Fully In-Person
Tags: Biology , Critical Thinking , Physiology , Neuro , Behavior