Spring 2024

Animal Physiology with Lab

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-261


John P. Roche (Sections 01, 01L and 02L)
Josef G. Trapani (Sections 01, 01L and 02L)


This course will examine the function of animal 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 muscle contraction, respiration, circulation, digestion and excretion. In addition, the course will address how different organisms regulate these complex processes through a lens of comparative physiology and also examine 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 group discussions may include readings from primary literature. Laboratory sessions will include human and non-human physiology laboratories. Three classroom hours and three laboratory hours per week.

Requisites: BIOL 191 and either BIOL 181 or NEUR 214. Limited to 18 students per lab section. Spring semester. Professors Trapani and Roche.

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

BIOL 261 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM SCCE E108
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM SCCE E108

BIOL 261 - LAB

Section 01L
W 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM SCCE B227

Section 02L
Th 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM SCCE B227

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

Section(s) ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
All Animal Physiology (2nd ed.) Sinauer, 2008 HIlly, Wyse, Anderson TBD


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2017, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2024