The Biology of Sex

Course Code: NATS 1660 A 6.0

Instructor's Name: Michael Gadsden

Course Description:

Sex is widespread in the living world, but many organisms do well without it and the methods of sexual reproduction vary. What is sex? How does sex develop and what are its advantages? How is the sex of individuals determined? Other topics include the genetics of sex, the influence of sex on population dynamics, the evolution of sex, sexual strategies, sexual conflict between partners, sexual techniques used by different organisms (both plant and animal), sexual behavior, and human sexuality. Current research will be explored to answer some of the questions raised in this course.

Course Format:

Three lectures per week. Approximately 10, 2 hour laboratory exercises will be completed in this course. The labs complement course material and are an essential part of the course. 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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