Courses of Study 2021-2022 
    
    Dec 05, 2021  
Courses of Study 2021-2022
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ANSC 3400 - Comparative Mammalian Reproduction


     
Spring. 2 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: ANSC 2400  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 cycle, pregnancy and lactation. Unique features of species representing the major mammalian orders will be discussed. 

Outcome 1: Students will be able to define basic components and mechanisms of reproductive processes in mammals.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to describe unique features of reproductive processes within given species.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to illustrate how reproductive strategies employed by a given species represent adaptations to the environment.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to compare and contrast reproductive strategies employed by closely-related vs distantly-related species.

Outcome 5: Students will be able to 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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