The Biology of Sex

Course Code: NATS 1660 A 6.0

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Course Description:

Sex is a profound subject. It is deeply personal, and yet it is also highly social. Regardless, there is no doubt that sex has a biological foundation. It is intimately connected to evolution, to genetics, and to the reproductive lives of individuals. How is an individual’s sex determined? What do we mean by the sexual strategies of organisms? How different, really, are males and females, and sperm and egg? Is nature ever non-binary? Is there a biological basis to sexual conflict between partners? What are mating systems? This course explores these and other soul-searching questions.

Course Format:

Three lecture hours per week. Approximately ten 2-hour labs, which complement course material. Attendance at lectures and active participation in all course components (labs, in-class/online activities) is expected.

Course Credit Exclusions:

SC/NATS 1610 6.00, SC/NATS 1650 6.00, SC/NATS 1675 6.00, SC/NATS 1690 6.00. NCR Note: This course is not open to any student who has passed or is taking SC/BIOL 1000 3.00, SC/BIOL 1001 3.00 or SC/BIOL 1010 6.00.

Mathematical Content:

Minimal simple arithmetical calculation at about Grade 10 level.

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