Course Description for Advanced Herpetology
Prerequisites: BSC 2020C, ZOO 3713C or permission of the instructor.
In this course we will study the biology of two vertebrate classes, the Amphibia and Reptilia. We will consider some critical evolutionary adaptations emphasizing anatomy and physiology of each of these groups, and then survey important members of various families. The first half of the course is devoted to amphibians, and the second half to reptiles. Students will read about a topic, plan a study, collect data, and write a term paper in the field of Herpetology. This course includes dissection and experimentation on live and/or preserved animals.
(A laboratory fee of $51.93 will be assessed.)