The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Int. J. Dev. Biol. 47: 99 - 104 (2003)

Vol 47, Issue 2-3

Special Issue: Teaching Developmental Biology

Integrating developmental biology into the undergraduate curriculum at the University of Bath, United Kingdom

Published: 1 January 2003

Jonathan M W Slack

Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, UK.


The undergraduate curriculum for bioscience degrees at the University of Bath is outlined, and the place is described of the developmental biology components within it. In the first year, all students receive four lectures on animal development and four on plant development. In the second year, many choose substantial lecture and practical courses on animal development, which outline the early development of Xenopus, mouse and Drosophila. The third year is usually spent on placement, with a company or research institute, a few of which are developmental biology-based, and may also involve some distance learning. The fourth year is spent back in Bath. Students interested in developmental biology can opt for advanced courses covering vertebrate organogenesis, developmental neurobiology and plant development. There are also one-semester, final-year projects spent in the labs of faculty members, several of whom specialise in developmental biology and offer projects accordingly.

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