|Course Dates||Length||Meeting Times||Status||Format||Instructor(s)||CRN|
|June 28, 2021 - July 14, 20216/28 - 7/14||2 Weeks||Online||Open||Online||Michelle Kossack||11750|
Life revolves around reproduction. From birds to bees, all organisms are on a mission to spread their genes from one generation to the next. But how does it work? Did you know some sperm are the shape of fish hooks? Did you know fertilization occurs in the fallopian tubes? How is human reproduction similar to fruit flies? What can we learn from studying how fish mate? In this course you will learn how biologists use different organisms to advance our understanding of human reproduction. You will study how reproduction works normally and then how reproductive diseases effect outcomes. We will also discuss what all of this means in the context of human society, sex, gender, and identity.
Passing on of genetic information is critical for species survival, but it seems like every organism does it slightly differently. In this course you will learn about reproduction through the lens of different model organisms. We will cover how the gonad develops, the molecular mechanism that differentiate males from females, how fertilization occurs, sexual selection, and reproductive disease. Students will apply what they learned in class to understand and explain scientific papers. The student’s effort will be showcased in a group presentation and an individual paper describing the mechanism of a reproductive disease. While we delve into the science behind reproduction we will also explore how this informs our understanding of human sex and gender, and some fun facts about the diversity of reproductive biology.
Dr. Kossack studies reproductive toxicology is fish and has a network of experts who will show you how they study reproduction in different animals and the disease states that effect them. As a student you will hear from a wide range of experts and get a chance to ask the weird questions you've always wanted to know. How come some fish can switch sex but others can't?
By the end of the course, students will:
Prerequisites: Completion of high school biology is recommended.