Courses of Study 2023-2024 
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Courses of Study 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANSC 5500 - Model Organisms in Reproductive Sciences

Fall. 2 credits. Letter grades only.

Prerequisite: ANSC 2400  or equivalent, or permission of instructor.  Offered in odd-numbered years only. Co-meets with ANSC 4500 .

Y.A. Ren.

This course provides an in-depth study of the reproductive physiology, endocrinology, as well as molecular, cellular and genetic regulation of reproduction in companion animals and model organisms advantageous for investigating specific questions in reproductive sciences. Comparisons will be made among species to highlight the unique biology and application of each species as a tool for experimentation. The impact of environment and adaptation in the context of reproductive success and evolution will also be discussed. Classic and state-of-the-art biotechnology and experimental approaches will be delineated. Close readings of scientific papers will be emphasized. This course promote an interactive and inclusive learning environment for critical thinking and creative problem solving. In addition, students will be exposed to current research performed by CU faculty in reproductive sciences.

Outcome 1: Describe the reproductive anatomy, physiology, and endocrinology in multiple species of interest and significance to reproductive sciences.

Outcome 2: Compare and contrast unique and general reproductive functions of model organisms and their advantages for investigating lines of questions in reproductive biology.

Outcome 3: Critically evaluate contemporary scientific literature in reproductive biology to identify conceptual and technical knowledge gaps in reproductive biology.

Outcome 4: Exercise data-driven reasoning, decision-making, and problem-solving processes.

Outcome 5: Design experiments to answer current questions and test novel hypotheses in reproductive biology.

Outcome 6: Formulate and refine research questions and hypotheses that expand understanding of reproductive biology and technology.

Outcome 7: Collaborate and lead group discussions on current research in reproductive biology.

Outcome 8: Appreciate the fascinating evolution, depth and breadth of reproductive sciences as a frontier of biological research, and the many open questions to be researched.

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