Fall 2011 not offered
Animals have structures that are optimally suited for their functions. These functions usually include physiological processes that are critically influenced by the size and shape of the structures. The size and shape of biological structures are an outcome of developmental processes controlled by both genetic and environmental influences. These developmental processes are in turn an outcome of evolutionary processes. This course will introduce the processes of physiology, development, and evolution. The ways that these processes shape biological structures will be contrasted with the design of human structures by architects.
Designing, Creating, and Realizing
Students will study the logic of animal design and "construction"
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Coen, Enrico, THE ART OF GENES.
Shubin, Neil, YOUR INNER FISH
Carroll, Sean B.; Grenier, Jennifer K.; Weatherbee, Scott D.; From DNA to Diversity: Molecular Genetics and the Evolution of Animal Design.
Articles from Magazines.
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The course will consists of lectures and discussion. There will be two exams, a writing assignment, and a creative art project.
Reading material will be popular science books about evolution, development, and physiology, and occasional magazine articles.
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