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BIOL 335
Chronobiology Spring 2021
Division III

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Internal clocks control nearly all aspects of physiology and behavior and allow organisms to anticipate the dramatic environmental changes between day and night. In this course we will focus on the organization of internal clocks at the molecular, organ and physiological levels. We will explore how internal rhythms are synchronized with the environment and the means by which clocks drive physiological rhythms. Subsequently, we will investigate how endogenous clocks help organisms cope with rhythmic changes in our environment, and how disruption of our internal rhythms compromises health and wellbeing. Lectures and student presentations will alternate with discussions of primary literature. Laboratory sessions will explore the characteristics of the circadian system in mice and will require time outside the normal laboratory hours for independent projects.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory
Limit: 18
Expected: 18
Class#: 5027
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Evaluation will be based on three exams, two or three oral presentations, and a lab report.
Prerequisites: BIOL 205 or BIOL 212/NSCI201
Enrollment Preferences: Senior, then junior biology majors and NSCI concentrators
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: NSCI Group C Electives

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