Welcome to IB 303

This course will provide an overview of the diversity of body structure in vertebrate animals. The variation in body structure seen amongst vertebrates will be investigated from evolutionary, functional, and human health perspectives through lectures, in-class activities, and laboratory dissections.

Through this course, students will develop a better understanding of the vocabulary of anatomy, the structural design of vertebrates, a basic understanding of the biomechanical underpinnings of these structures and how vertebrate structure, phylogenetic history and function combine to create the diversity of forms seen in nature.

Course Structure

Lecture by Dr. Phil Anderson
Location: 1024 Chem Annex
Time: MWF 11-11:50
Exams: Three lecture exams, no final exam

Laboratory 3 hours once a week includes full dissection of minks and fetal pigs.
Location: 4002 Natural History Building
Times: Exams: Three practical exams, no final exam

Contact the Instructor

Lecturer: Dr. Phil Anderson - andersps@illinois.edu
Laboratory Coordinator: Joanne Manaster - joannema@illinois.edu

Course Goals

After taking IB 303, you should be able to:

Course Content Objectives

After taking IB 303, you should be able to:

Textbook and Supplies

Optional Textbook for Lecture

Vertebrates: Comparative Anatomy, Function, Evolution by Kardong

Optional Lab Manual for Laboratory Sessions

Dissection Guide and Atlas to the Mink by Smith and Schenk

Other Laboratory Supplies



We will provide latex-free gloves for use in the lab each week.