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Fall 2017
Nov 17, 2017
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BIOL 377 - Endocrinology
This course is designed to familiarize 
students with the role of chemical messengers in biological function including growth, regulation of cellular and organ function, and behavior.  We will begin with an introduction to hormones, hormone synthesis and secretion.  Next, the molecular mechanisms of hormone action will be examined.  Finally, major endocrine glands will be explored with an emphasis on the hormones they 
secrete, how their action is regulated and their role in growth, homeostasis and behavior. Although an emphasis will be placed largely on vertebrate models, a comparative endocrinological approach will be taken and invertebrate models 
will also be discussed.
The course will include lectures by the instructor, guest lectures, and weekly 
primary literature readings.  Students will have a short written assignment that accompanies the literature readings.  The written assignment will be designed to get students to think critically about literature and to help prepare them for discussions concerning article content.  Primary literature will make students aware of current research in the field and introduce students to endocrine disrupters found in the environment. 

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Biology Department

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