Professor: Matthew S. Rand

Office: Hulings Hall Rm. 325

Phone: x 4394


Office Hours: Wed. 3-5

Sat. 9:00am at Goodbye, Blue Monday


Course Description:

This course will explore the physiology of animals primarily at the organismic level, but many cellular and biochemical aspects of physiology will be covered to help us understand specific functional mechanisms. The main emphasis will be on the basic mechanisms that control and monitor the physiological functions of several different systems within the vertebrate body. In addition to understanding these common underlying physiological concepts, it will be necessary to use the correct terminology and language of physiology; therefore, you will be expected to become familiar with many terms and chemical names. My approach to physiology is within an evolutionary context and as often as possible I will use comparative examples. Many of these examples will illustrate physiological adaptations that have common or alternate underlying mechanisms, and some examples will illustrate seemingly exaggerated conditions (e.g. giant squid axons, ray and eel electric organs, kangaroo rat and vampire bat kidneys). In most cases we will consider the physiology of vertebrate systems, particularly mammalian, and this should provide a fairly good background for those of you planning to take the MCAT or GRE. However, please take note, non-human vertebrates such as, crayfish, toads, salmon, and giraffe have appeared on recent MCAT exams. Humans do not have "a corner on the market" of physiological efficiency.


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Last updated: January 28, 2000

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