An examination of the physiology of animals using a comparative approach. Both invertebrate and vertebrate animals are discussed in order to elucidate general principles. Offered in the spring. Prerequisites: Biology 101, 101L, Physics 104, 105.
Principles of fluid and solid mechanics applied to a variety of biological systems. Both invertebrates and vertebrates are included. Offered in the fall of alternate years. Prerequisites: Biology 101, 101L, Physics 104, 105.
Comparative Biomechanics Seminar
A graduate seminar designed to explore recent advances in the field of comparative biomechanics through careful reading and discussion of selected articles from the primary literature. The course is designed to give insight into how to read and evaluate a scientific paper and provides a perspective on the scope of comparative biomechanics as a field. Offered in the fall of alternate years.
Philosophical and Practical Issues in Science
A graduate seminar designed to explore current thought in the philosophy of science that attempts to articulate what science is, and how it differs from other human endeavors. Additional discussion on many of the practical aspects of a scientific career including issues such as jobs, interviews, teaching, grant support, tenure, gender issues and scientific ethics. Offered in the fall on occasion.