IB 438: How Organisms Move

Course Details

Description: Examines the interaction between biological processes and the fundamental laws of mechanics. Covers general topics, such as structural analyses of anatomy, kinematics of movement, the behavior of organisms in fluids, and the importance of scaling, as well as specific topics, such as bird flight, fluid flow in cardio- vascular systems, and high speed predation. Lab culminates in student-designed, group projects to collect novel biomechanical data to answer questions about an organism of the students’ choice.
IB Area(s):A3
Course Offered in Semester(s): Spring
Offered Only: Odd Years
Course Schedule: U of I Course Explorer Schedule
Syllabus: PDF of Course Syllabus