BIOL 321

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

5 Undergraduate credits
Effective January 24, 2000 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course covers the comparative anatomy, development and evolution of the vertebrates. The course includes an integrated laboratory in which dissection of representative preserved vertebrates is performed. A weekend or evening field trip to zoo, aquarium and/or museum may be included. Intended for biology majors.

Special information

First day attendance is mandatory.Note: Enrollment limited to Biology and Life Science Teaching majors only, except by instructor permission.

Learning outcomes


  • Competently dissect vertebrate specimens from a variety of taxonomic groups and identify major organs and their details.
  • Read and interpret primary scientific literature in comparative anatomy.
  • Recall, explain and apply scientific knowledge in comparative anatomy, both theoretical and experimental, at the upper division level.
  • Recall, explain and apply the concepts, knowledge and vocabulary of comparative anatomy at the level necessary for success in graduate and professional study in this field.