Animal Physiology

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About Animal Physiology

Animal physiology is, to use a common phrase, how animals work.

Animals are, in one sense, machines. Animals are also organisms. Animals become organisms through mechanism, and animal physiology tells us how.

This is an online course, available through It is divided into four modules:

Respiration & gas exchange

Blood, circulation & gas exchange

Digestion & metabolism

Temperature, heat and water balance

If you have an interest in taking this course for academic credit, you can do so through your home institution using independent study credits. Each module constitutes about 1 hour of academic credit. All four together account for 4 academic credits.

You can view the most recent syllabus here.

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