Prerequisites: BIOL 201 and BIOL 202 (First semester—odd years/4 credits/3 class and 3 laboratory hours)
Vertebrate zoology explores the biological themes of unity and diversity among the vertebrates. The course emphasizes the functional morphology, ecology and evolutionary biology of the major vertebrate groups, both past and present. A conservation biology perspective on extant and recently extinct vertebrate groups highlights the interplay between organismal, population and higher levels of biological organization. The laboratory introduces theoretical and fieldwork techniques for studying vertebrates.