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Courses offered by FAE faculty

130.601 Human Anatomy

Drs. Bever, Cooke, Perry, Ruff, St. Clair, Sylvester, & staff. Offered each year (core curriculum for medical students). Next offered Fall 2017.

An integrated coverage of functional anatomy including cadaveric dissection, clinical and basic science lectures, discussion groups and clinical correlation sessions.

130.707 Mammals: Diversity, Structure and Evolution

Dr. Cooke. One semester, next offered Spring 2017.

Pre-requisite: Consent of instructor.

A survey of the recent and fossil orders of mammals, focusing on comparative skeletal and dental anatomy. Readings will be supplemented by regular examination of recent and fossil specimens and weekly discussions. Research paper required.

130.708 Biomechanics of the Skeleton

Dr. Ruff. First quarter. Offered alternate years. Next offered Fall 2017.

Pre-requisite: Consent of instructor.

Basic mechanical principles and their application to analysis of skeletal form. Bone material and geometric properties, structural remodeling and adaptation to the mechanical environment.

130.710 Evolutionary Biology


Pre-requisite: By arrangement with instructor.

This course covers a variety of topics in evolutionary biology: biotic variation and diversity, genomic processes and products, development, natural selection, speciation theory, systematics, and macroevolution, among other subjects.

130.716 Primate Evolution

Dr. Perry and associates. Offered alternate years. Next offered Fall 2016.

Pre-requisite: By arrangement with instructor.

This course surveys the mammalian order primates beginning with the origin of the group and ending with a brief survey of modern primates. Topics include the definition of primates, archaic primates, the first modern primates, oligocene primates and the origin of monkey and apes, the Miocene hominoid radiation, the Plio-pleistocene radiation of old world monkeys, and human ancestors.

130.724 Cladistics


Pre-requisite: Consent of instructor.

This course covers the practical and theoretical basis for cladistics. This approach, otherwise known as the phylogenetic systematics, includes discussions of homology, the hierachy of evolutionary common descent, parsimony, and computer algorithms that facilitate modern cladistic studies.

130.809 Research Rotation in Functional Anatomy and Evolution

All FAE faculty. Two years duration. Offered each year. Next offered Fall 2016.

This course is designed to provide the student with research experience. The project is planned between one or more faculty members and a student. A research question or topic is chosen, appropriate data are collected, analysis is done and a report is written. Results of the study are presented as a seminar to the FAE faculty and students.

130.811 Topics in Allometry

Dr. Ruff. Offered by decision of instructor.

This course will consist of discussions of readings in both the theory and application of allometry to various zoological issues. Readings will include both “classical” sources as well as more recent articles dealing with this general topic.

130.812 Pre-Dissertation Research

Chosen FAE advisor. Offered each year.

Preparatory research into topics of interest, with goal of refining dissertation topic.

External courses offered on the Homewood and Medical Campuses

Students may take other courses offered by other departments on both the Medical and Homewood campuses. These courses are highly recommended.

Students in previous years have taken:
Macroevolution, Sedimentology, Ecology, Darwin and the Origin of Species from the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Histology (component of Organ Systems) & Developmental Biology from the School of Medicine
Population and Quantitative Genetics from the Human Genetics Program at the School of Medicine.
Basic and advanced statistics courses from various departments.