BI5620 - Developmental Biology
This course will cover a broad range of topics in the field of modern and classic developmental biology. Importantly, we will learn how the scientific method is used within the context of developmental biology – the scope, questions, methods and limits of those engaged in investigations of developmental phenomena. Thus, by the end of the semester, you will: possess knowledge of the history and nature of developmental biology as well as classic and modern approaches to studying development; understand the genetic, molecular and cellular context of developmental processes; examine case studies illuminating the patterns and processes of development in invertebrates and vertebrates; understand key questions in developmental biology and the descriptive and experimental toolkit available to address them; i.e. the scientific method at work in developmental biology; observe embryogenesis and post-embryonic development in several animal species in the lab.