Course code:



M - Intermediate

Class size limit:


Typically offered:

Upon occasion

From a single cell to adult, from hydra to humans, an organism’s development requires regulation of cell structure, function, and communication. In this course, we will examine comparative development, both in the context of common patterning systems as well as species specificity using invertebrate and vertebrate animal models. We will learn how organs and systems coordinate their development in time and space. Connections between mechanisms of normal development and disease etiology will also be discussed. Throughout the course, we will highlight current areas of research through the examination of primary literature and news articles addressing the impact of environmental factors on development and relevant ethical issues. Students will be graded on take-home problem sets and in-class presentations. Classroom discussions will be supplemented by a small number of laboratory observations and field trips investigating both animal and plant development.. The course will emphasize critical thinking and learning to apply general concepts of developmental biology in diverse contexts.


Successful completion of Biology I or equivalent or permission of instructor.

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