Biology: Third Year Courses

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Biology 3UU3: Animal Physiology – Regulatory Systems

Regulation associated with major features and functions of organisms (e.g. feeding, reproduction, thermoregulation, growth, stress, sleep, aging). Emphasis on endocrinology, evolution, vertebrates and ecology. Material will include selected readings. [3 units]

Biology 3SS3: Population Ecology

Population structure and dynamics. Natural selection and regulation of organisms by environmental and biological factors. An evolutionary view of predation, competition, life history schedules. [3 units]

Biology 3R03: Field Biology I

Academic component associated with field work chosen from an assortment of modules. Content and schedules vary annually. Module must differ from any completed for credit in BIOLOGY 4J03. For further information, please refer to http://www.biology.mcmaster.ca and click on Field Biology. [3 units]

Biology 3P03: Cell Physiology

Analysis of cell function with an emphasis on electrical properties, ion transport proteins, signalling via second messengers, and mechanisms of cell homeostasis. [3 units]

Biology 3HD3: Human Disasters

This course will examine a range of human and biologically based disasters, such as antibiotic resistance, DDT, the Great Sparrow Massacre, the Kansas Dustbowl and Agent Orange, by contextualising the circumstances and examining the science involved. [3 units]

Biology 3EI3: Ecological Indicators

Students learn how to assess the health of Great Lakes ecosystems, including wetlands, woodlots, and streams using established ecological indicators. [3 units]

Biology 3DD3: Communities and Ecosystems

Communities and ecosystems: mechanism and principles governing their form and function in origin, development, and maintenance of terrestrial and aquatic communities and ecosystems and their interactions with anthropogenic change, with elements of macroecology, biogeography, landscape, and global ecology. [3 units]

Biology 3B03: Plant Physiology

Principles of physiology and plant cell metabolism. Topics include: photosynthesis, photorespiration, mineral nutrition, water relations and transpiration. [3 units]

Biology 3R03: Field Biology I

Academic component associated with field work chosen from an assortment of modules. Content and schedules vary annually. Module must differ from any completed for credit in BIOLOGY 4J03. [3 units]

Biology 3JJ3: Field Methods In Ecology

An introduction to techniques in ecology, including restoration, population, community, functional, and behavioural ecology, based on field labs. Lectures provide background and data analysis. [3 units]

Biology 3FF3: Evolution

Successful participants synthesize and apply the main theoretical concepts and evaluate and analyse the major empirical observations related to evolution upon completing this course. [3 units]