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Cornell University    
  Feb 17, 2018
Courses of Study 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANSC 3300 - Fish Physiology

(crosslisted) BIOAP 3300  
Spring. 3 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: One semester of Introductory Animal Physiology (BIOAP 1100 , BIOG 1440 , BIOG 1445  or equivalent), or permission of instructor.

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Fish Physiology is an introduction to the functional biology of fish. Lecture topics will cover cellular and tissue function within key physiological systems that help fish thrive in a wide range of aquatic habitats, from mountain streams to deep-sea vents. These systems will be illustrated using a diverse variety of fish, while broader comparisons between fish and higher vertebrates will also be drawn. Discussion will integrate aquaculture, fisheries, and environmental contexts, including some of the anthropogenic challenges that fish face today and what can be done to mitigate them. Students will perform a gross dissection to identify anatomy in situ and visit an aquaculture facility (there is no separate lab section).

Outcome 1: Characterize various physiological systems that fish use to live in an aquatic environment.

Outcome 2: Describe how these systems adjust to environmental changes in the short and long term Explain physiological differences between groups of fishes.

Outcome 3: Explain how physiological systems in fish may be similar to, differ from, or have evolved into those in terrestrial vertebrates.

Outcome 4: Discuss how unsustainable resource management and human perturbations in the environment affect fish at the physiological level.

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