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Human Endocrinology and Reproduction

General

Prefix

BIOL

Course Number

480

Course Level

Undergraduate

Department/Unit(s)

College/School

College of Science and Engineering

Description

Principles of endocrinology at the molecular, cellular, and organismal level and how endocrine factors regulate the reproductive physiology and behavior of humans.

Prerequisites

Credits

Min

3

Max

3

Repeatable

No

Goals and Diversity

Learning Outcomes

Outcome

Describe the organization of the endocrine system in vertebrates, especially humans.

Outcome

Describe the various components of the reproductive system in humans.

Outcome

Explain how the endocrine and nervous systems cooperate to regulate reproduction in mammals.

Outcome

Describe the cellular and molecular bases of action of various hormones, especially those related to reproduction.

Outcome

Read, interpret and critique journal papers in the area of endocrinology and reproduction.

Outcome

Apply knowledge of endocrinology to real life challenges in the area of human reproduction.

Course Outline

Course Outline

Introduction to the endocrine system. 5% Hormones – history, chemistry, synthesis and metabolism. 10% Mechanism of hormone action. 10% Hypothalamic hormones. 10% Pituitary hormones. 10% Adrenal, pancreatic & other gut hormones. 10% Sex differentiation, development, puberty. 10% Gametogenesis, males. 5% Regulation of the menstrual cycle. 5% Coitus, pregnancy, parturition, lactation. 5% Maternal behavior, contraception. 5% Menopause, disorders, assisted reproductive techniques. 5% Nutrition and reproduction. 10%