BIOL 177

Biology of Sex

This course presents a thorough background on the anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system in animals, with particular attention given to humans. Students will learn about the purported role of evolution and natural selection in the development of sex, a review of cell division, and the principles of both Medelian and non-Mendelian inheritance; essential female and male reproductive anatomy, along with a presentation of the roles of hormones in the realm of reproductive physiology; growth and development of a new person, maternal anatomical and physiological changes, childbirth, and lactation are all presented in detail; and other topics, such as family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, and cultural issues with regard to sex. The course also takes a look at contemporary research related to human sexuality.