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Welcome to Developmental Biology - Fall '16

Class Meeting Time and Location:  TH  3:00 – 4:20, Pasteur Hall 229.

Class Format: This course involves both classroom and online portions. Students are required to be in person for class meetings, but there will be exceptions where class is held online.

Prerequisites: Biology 308 (Cell Biology) and Biology 310 (Genetics) are required prerequisites. If you have not completed the prerequisites you should drop this course and enroll in the prerequisite course(s).

Required Text: Developmental Biology, 11th ed. by Scott Gilbert & Michael Barresi (2016). Please note that the 11th edition is brand new and that this is the required edition. Attempts to use old editions will be unsuccessful because the new edition is highly re-organized and contains a lot of new content from the new co-author. For most affordable options, students should purchase or rent the book from the publisher or Hardcover, paperback, and e-book options are all available. The WSU bookstore does not stock this text. See or check

Communication and Materials:  D2L is used to distribute announcements, lecture discussion slides, problem sets, and grades. TopHat is used for in-class polling - You will receive an invitation email to join our course on TopHat.

Course Overview: Welcome to Developmental Biology! This course provides an overview of the developmental processes used to generate a complex body from a fertilized egg. We utilize lessons from both invertebrate and vertebrate organisms. This course emphasizes the cellular & molecular principles that are shared by many organisms and used to build many tissues & organs. Descriptive embryology and anatomy are deemphasized.


Course Learning & Development Goals:

  • Attain a working knowledge of, and draw relationships between key concepts in Developmental Biology

  • Apply your new knowledge to understand the cellular & molecular mechanisms of how any organism, or tissue/organ develops

  • Learn to independently acquire, interpret, and critically analyze peer-reviewed scientific information

  • Gain familiarity with the experimental techniques used by developmental biologists

  • *Strengthen your oral presentation skills.

  • Work successfully in a group setting by earning the respect of your peers

Topic schedule and course grades overview coming soon. Please contact Professor Hines by email with any questions.  Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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