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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: GEN                                     Course Number: 255                                    
Course Title: The Biology of Gender and Sexuality
Subject: Gender Studies
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; hermaphroditism, transexualism, and sexual reassignment; and reproductive biology and medicine. Finally, the course will examine sexual orientation and the study of its biological nature and origin, both in humans and in the animal world.

Prerequisite: ENG 101, and SCI 110 (Origins: From the Big Bang to Life on Earth) or NSC 107 or BIO 103 (or BIO 101+102)
  • This course is crosslisted as:   BIO 255
Start Date:    01/30/2013                         End Date: