Biology | Vertebrate Zoology
Z406 | 5235 | Cotten, C
Z406 Vertebrate Zoology
Requirements: P: Biol L111 and L112 and upper-class standing, or
consent of instructor.
Course format: Lecture: 11:15A-12:30P TR, plus one four-hour
laboratory per week (1:00P-5:00P T OR W).
Course description: Lecture: introduction to structure, function,
and evolution of the major vertebrate groups.
Lab: introduction to vertebrate embryology; comparative anatomy of
representative vertebrates studied via dissections, and for mammals,
via comparison of skull and tooth structure; identification and
classification of Indiana vertebrates excluding mammals;
introduction to ecomorphology of Indiana fishes, amphibians,
reptiles and birds; local field trips to observe living fish,
amphibians, reptiles and birds.
Weekly assignments: TBA.
Exams/papers: Lecture: three multiple-choice exams and five one-two
page essays. Lab: practical and written exams plus reports based on
field trip activities.