Spring 2019 - BISC 455 D100

Endocrinology (3)

Class Number: 2587

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
    AQ 5039, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 10, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 3150, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 305 and one of BISC 306 or 316 with a grade of C- or better.



A study of endocrine organs and their role in integrating physiological functions in animals.


Course Website: SFU CANVAS

Why did the Church encourage castration of young boys in 18th century Italy? Why does "sex chemistry" last 2 years for newlyweds? Is there really such a thing as male menopause? Did Shakespeare know about oxytocin when he said "trust none for oaths are straws"? Do hormones make woman bad drivers? Why are a man's sweaty armpits sexually attractive to females?

We'll try and deal with some of these questions in this course while reviewing endocrine systems, and the hormonal regulation and integration of physiological function in animals, from the molecular to the whole-organism level. Following a general overview, we will focus on the major endocrine axes regulating such modern day issue as sex, obesity, stress, ageing, etc. There will not be an exclusive focus on humans: this will be a comparative course.

Outline of Topics:  History, development and relevance of endocrinology; techniques in endocrinology; molecular action of hormones; function and evolution of neuroendocrine systems in invertebrates and vertebrates; and hormonal regulation of some or all of the following, a) growth, food intake, and obesity, b) stress, c) reproduction, d) mood


  • Midterm 25%
  • Final exam 45%
  • Tutorials and Assignments - these will discuss current topics in endocrinology; you will reach present and discuss one (1) journal article (provided) during the semester 10%
  • Term paper - an abstract/summary of your proposed topic (5%) and a 10-12 page review on an endocrinology-related topic of your choice (15%) 15%



No textbook required


Campbell & Reece's Biology will be useful (review Chapter 45!), plus other texts which will be on reserve in the library

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