BIOL 421
Thermoregulation: From Molecules to Organisms Spring 2023
Division III
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Thermal physiology involves the study of molecular events, organ systems, and organism-environmental interactions that are involved with heat production and temperature maintenance. The area of thermal physiology has been around for over 100 years. However, only in the last 5-7 years has the science progressed to understanding basic fundamental mechanisms for generating and regulating heat production. This tutorial will focus on four questions: 1) how do organisms generate heat? 2) how do organisms sense the temperature in the environment? 3) how do organisms integrate information about the environment (temperature, humidity, time of day, etc.) with internal information (deep body temperature, energy stores, etc.) to regulate their metabolic production of heat? 4) how do animals make “the decision” to enter a state of torpor?
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3196
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: five 4- to 5-page papers; five 1- to 2-page response papers; tutorial presentations; contribution to the intellectual enterprise
Prerequisites: BIOL 205 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: senior Biology majors that have not had a 400-level course, followed by senior Biology majors, followed by junior Biology majors
Unit Notes: does not satisfy the distribution requirement for the Biology major
Distributions: Division III
Attributes: NSCI Group C Electives

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