BIOL 21 Developmental Biology

Dr. Karen Hicks, 012 Higley, pbx 5379,  Office hours MW 2-4 pm; Th 10-11 am

Course Description

This advanced* course concerns the molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for building multicellular organisms, including vertebrates, invertebrates and plants. Students will read original research literature as well as standard texts. Prerequisites: BIOL 6 and 7.

* knowledge of material covered in Biology 7 (Introduction to Genetics and Development) is assumed. See me if you require remedial reading/tutoring on this material.


Required textbook: Principles of Development, Wolpert, et al. 1998

Journal articles will be available via the new Electronic Reserve system (ERES).

Course requirements and grading scheme

Evaluation of your performance in this class will include both measurement of understanding of the material and processes that form the content of the course and the clarity of presentation in written or oral form.  Your grade will be determined by a 1000 point scale as follows:

Class attendance and participation are a critical part of your responsibility in this course, and will be included in determining your grade in the course (see above). To participate intelligently in class, it is essential that you read the assigned material before each class and thoughtfully consider any discussion questions. In addition, you will be expected to write discussion questions related to assigned journal articles.

Academic honesty

I strongly encourage you to exchange information, discuss class material, and bounce ideas off of one another (and me). However, all work submitted for evaluation must be your own. Please review the College policy on academic honesty. If you have questions or are unsure, please ask!


If you have a disability and therefore may need some type of accommodation(s) in order to participate fully in this class, please feel free to discuss your concerns in private with me AND be sure to contact Erin Salva, Coordinator of Disability Services at PBX 5453 or via e-mail at SALVAE.