Zoology (ZOOL)

Chairman: Vitari Borror
Professors: Ann Bucklin, Miyoshi Ikawa, Philip Sawyer, Volrick Tasser

The Zoology Department helps cadets investigate the diversity of life throughout the Federation and the galaxy. Course studies and field work prepare them to apply general zoological principles to new lifeforms and species they may encounter. This training allows officers to better understand and interact with them in their natural environs.

ZOOL 112. Principles of Zoology

Concepts of animal biology; introduction to ecological relationships, anatomy, physiology, embryology, taxonomy, and evolution. Basic interrelationships between organisms, populations, communities, and their environments; ecosystems; modifications of natural environments and their consequences.

ZOOL 215. Biomechanics

Introduction to the physical workings and properties of organisms and their environments. Basic physical concepts of forces, fluid mechanics, scaling, and materials structure introduced in the context of organismal behavior and morphology. General topics include the physical properties of fluid environment s, animal locomotion, the mechanical significance of size, and time-dependent properties of biological materials.

Special topics relating to current research in the field. Emphasis on using physical concepts to gain insight into organismal functions, adaptation, and evolution.

ZOOL 300. Field Experience

A supervised experience providing the opportunity to apply academic experience in a practical research setting. Students may choose an area of research when submitting their applications. Must be approved by the student's faculty advisor.

ZOOL 413. Molecular Evolution

Rates and patterns of evolutionary change in biomolecules, forces affecting the size and structure of gnomes, molecular mechanics of organismal evolution. Emphasis on integrating evidence from biochemistry, molecular genetics, and organismal studies as well as methods of reconstructing phylogeny from molecular sequences. Students make extensive use of computer modeling and holographic simulation in the study and reconstruction of genetic sequences.