Spring 2024

Animal Physiology

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-260


Josef G. Trapani (Section 01)


This course will examine the function of tissues, organs, and organ systems, with an emphasis on the relationship between structure and function. Building outward from the level of the cell, we will study bodily processes including respiration, circulation, digestion and excretion. In addition, the course will address how different organisms regulate these complex processes and how ion and fluid balance is maintained. We will also study the nervous system in the context of sensory systems, focusing on how external stimuli are transformed into meaningful neuronal signals and processed by the brain. Weekly discussions will include readings from primary literature. Four classroom hours per week.

Requisite: BIOL 191 and either BIOL 181 or NEUR 214. Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Professor Trapani.

How to handle overenrollment: priority given to BIOL and NEUR majors based on class year

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work, some primary articles, oral presentations, group work, in-class group quizzes, in-class exams, quantitative problem-solving and analysis of data


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2017, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2024