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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: BIO                                     Course Number: 255                                    
Course Title: The Biology of Gender and Sexuality
Subject: Biology
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


This course approaches the issues of gender and sexuality from the perspective of the biological sciences. By exploring the evolutionary origins of sexual reproduction, students will gain new insights into how and why sex and gender differences in animals, including humans, came to be. By gaining a solid grounding in basic sex-specific anatomy, physiology, and endocrinology, students will have a framework to consider several further topics, such as: gender-based medicine and the masculinized state of priorities in the biomedical industry; intersex and transgender identities and bodies; and reproductive biology and medicine. Finally, the course will examine sexualities in humans and in the animal world.

Prerequisite: ENG 201, and SCI 110 or SCI 112 or SCI 114 or NSC 107 or EXE 103 (or any STEM Variant science course of at least 3 credits: BIO 102, 103, 104, CHE 102, 103, 104)
  • Note: For transfer students successful completion of the Life and Physical Sciences category of CUNY?s Gen Ed requirements or any 3-credit or more science course can act as a pre-requisite. See the Department of Sciences for permission

  • This course is crosslisted as:   GEN 255
Start Date:    05/04/2015                         End Date: