Hormones and Behavior
Department of Biology and Biomedical Sciences
An introduction to the field of behavioral endocrinology, this course is enormously broad in scope, encompassing psychology, cell biology, biochemistry and neurobiology. Hormones in the body and their interactions with internal and external forces influence animal and human behavior. Topics addressed include cellular mechanisms of hormone action, metabolism, stress, sexual differentiation and sexual development, gender identity, hunger, thirst, aggression, affiliation, mating behavior and learning and memory. Designed as an interdisciplinary elective within the neuroscience minor and biology major, this course also attracts students from psychology, anthropology, chemistry, social work and the liberal arts.