Courses of Study 2018-2019 
    Jan 29, 2023  
Courses of Study 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANSC 3400 - Comparative Mammalian Reproduction

Fall. 2 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: ANSC 2400  Animal Reproduction and Development or equivalent.

S. Quirk.

The course will examine the amazing diversity of reproductive strategies in mammals. Comparative aspects of reproductive physiology will be explored with a focus on the evolution of adaptations and strategies to optimize reproductive success in the face of challenges posed by geographical location and environment. The diversity in basic aspects of reproductive physiology will be highlighted, such as in gonadal function, estrous cycles, pregnancy and lactation. Unique features of species representing the major mammalian orders will be discussed.

Outcome 1: Define basic components and mechanisms of reproductive processes in mammals

Outcome 2: Describe unique features of reproductive processes within given species.

Outcome 3: Illustrate how reproductive strategies employed by a given species represent adaptations to the environment.

Outcome 4: Compare and contrast reproductive strategies employed by closely-related vs distantly-related species.

Outcome 5: Assess the benefits and challenges of reproductive strategies used by a species to adapt to the environment in the modern world.

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