It is not birth, marriage, or death but gastrulation, which is truly the most important time in your life. (Lewis Wolpert, 1986)
Developmental biology is the study of becoming, of change, and of the many cellular and molecular mechanisms accounting for those changes during an animal's life. This program covers animal development from fertilization through organ and limb development. It is an exciting and dynamic field with intriguing questions currently being researched at major institutions worldwide. By the end of the spring term, you should understand and appreciate the quote by Lewis Wolpert. Additionally, students will be amazed at the complex events that occur with seeming consistency to produce a complete organism from the union of two cells.
Learning goals will include the development of analytical and critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, reading, and writing skills. Weekly activities will include lectures, presentations, labs, workshops, and seminars. Students will be required to submit weekly homework assignments, lab and workshop reports, and seminar papers, and to contribute actively to the learning community. In addition, students will take a quiz each week.
Upper-division science credit will be awarded to students successfully completing all aspects of the program. Credits will be awarded in cell biology, molecular biology, and developmental biology.
Taking the Environmental Biology and Chemistry program for both fall and winter quarters followed by the Developmental Biology program in spring will give students much of the material presented in the regularly offered program Molecule to Organism.
Students should have completed one year of college-level general biology, two-quarters of college-level general chemistry, and a quarter of organic chemistry and microbiology. Students from the fall/winter Environmental Biology and Chemistry program will have all the pre-requisites needed.
Biology, chemistry, medicine and health sciences, and teaching.
Students successfully completing this program will earn upper-division credit in cell biology, molecular biology, and developmental biology