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Hormones and Behavior

Fall 2023


Tracy A. Larson (larson.tracy(at),

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Official Syllabus


From plants to songbirds to humans, hormones shape various aspects of organismal form and behavior over both contemporary and evolutionary time. Through a series of lectures and opportunities to interact with experts across the broad field of endocrinology, students will learn about: the structure and function of the common endocrine pathways, the influence of hormones on organ and tissue development and homeostasis, the role hormones play in organisms’ abilities to respond to environmental stimuli and change, and the evolution of unique hormonal mechanisms. Exploration of hormones and behavior across a diversity of species will highlight the interconnectedness between various fields such as medicine, evolution, behavioral ecology, neuroscience, and developmental biology. By the end of the course, students will develop a deep understanding of the interplay between hormones and behavior, and will gain a solid foundation in the theories, concepts, and methods used in the field of endocrinology.


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A range of techniques to assess your progress toward these goals. Feedback on progress will be derived from variety of sources, including the instructor, guest panelists, your peers, and your mentors. Assignments are each worth 100 points and will be averaged for a final “Assignment” score, making up ??% of final grade.

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Masking Policy

Although UVa policy states that masks are optional for in-person discussions, we cannot provide an equitable and just atmosphere for learning if we are not protecting one another. Participants are requested to use masks for in-class interactions to protect others. 

Access and Accommodations

Your experience in this class is important. If you have established accommodations with Student Disability Access Center (SDAC), please communicate your approved accommodations at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course and complete any necessary forms. If you have a condition that may result in unexpected absences, please make me aware of this possibility before missing any coursework. If you have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to: mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact SDAC and to let me know so we can work suitable arrangements. 

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