Description: This course provides a comprehensive overview of behavorial endocrinology beginning with hormone production and actions on target issues and continuing with an exploration of a variety of behaviors and their hormonal regulation/consequences. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the reciprocal interactions between the neuroendocrine system and behavior, considering the effects of hormone on development and adult behavior in addition to how behavior regulates endocrine physiology. While much of the course focuses on non-human vertebrate species, the relevance to humans is explored where appropriate. Topics include sexual differentiation and sex differences in behavior, reproductive, parental, and aggressive behaviors, and hormonal and behavioral homeostatic regulation.
Prerequisites: Completion of biological prerequisites for the major and consent of instructor; a course in mammalian physiology recommended.
Restricted To: Majority of seats are reserved for IB majors during Phase I; 5+ Terms in Attendance during Phase II.
Expected Enrollment: 142