Course code:



M - Intermediate

Meets the following requirements:

  • ES - Environmental Science

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Every other year

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the biology of amphibians and reptiles.

We cover the systematics, physiology, behavior, and ecology of each group, with particular emphasis on the important contribution amphibian and reptilian studies have made to the fields of physiological, behavioral, and community ecology. Readings are chosen from a text and from primary literature.

The course consists of two lecture/discussion sessions per week and one lab/field trip every week. Weather dictates the number and focus of field trips, but students should expect to participate in both day and night field trips throughout the term. Students are evaluated on class participation, exams, and a term-long field project.



Biology I and II or equivalent, and one Vertebrate Biology course.

Always visit the Registrar's Office for the official course catalog and schedules.