University of Florida

ANS 6751-Physiology of Reproduction


The course provides graduate students with a state-of-the-art perspective on mammalian reproductive biology at molecular, cellular and whole-animal levels of organization. Among the topics covered are hypothalamic-pituitary function, oogenesis and spermatogenesis, folliculogenesis, uterine biology, embryonic development, pregnancy endocrinology, reproductive immunology, and photoperiodic and nutritional regulation of reproduction.  The course is  taught at a high level and is expected that students will have a good understanding of the fundamentals of reproductive biology and biochemistry.

Frequency of Offering:

Alternate years (odd years).  The course will next be offered in Spring 2017.


BCH 5045 or equivalent.  An undergraduate course in animal reproduction would be helpful.

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Time and Place

Lectures on Tuesdays will be period 3 (9:35 - 10:25 am) and 4 (10:40 - 11:30 am). Lectures on Thursdays will be period 4 (10:40 - 11:30 am).  Class will meet in Room 102 Bldg 459 (Animal Sciences Building).  Lectures will be broadcast (details to be announced).

Course Coordinator:

P.J. Hansen
Dept. of Animal Sciences
Room 122 Bldg 499 (Dairy Science Building)
Phone: 352-392-5590 Fax: 352-392-5595

Other Instructors:

John Bromfield, Dept. of Animal Sciences
Room 100 Bldg 499 (L.E. "Red" Larson Dairy Science Building)
Phone: 392-5590 
AMCB (Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology) Faculty Page

Paul S. Cooke, Dept. of Physiological Sciences
Phone: 294-4008 

Geoff E. Dahl, Dept. of Animal Sciences
Room 100 Bldg 499 (L.E. "Red" Larson Dairy Science Building)
Phone: 392-1981 
AMCB Faculty Page

Klibs N. A. Galvão, Dept. of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Christopher Mortensen, Dept. of Animal Sciences
Room 125 Bldg 459 (Animal Sciences Building)
Phone: 392-7560
AMCB Faculty Page

Jose E.P. Santos, Dept. of Animal Sciences
Room 204A Bldg 499 (L.E. "Red" Larson Dairy Science Building)
Phone: 392-1958 
AMCB Faculty Page

Naohiro Terada, Dept. of Pathology
Phone: 392-2696

William W. Thatcher, Dept. of Animal Sciences
Room 122 Bldg 499 (L.E. "Red" Larson Dairy Science Building)
Phone: 392-5590
Thatcher Team

Charles E. Wood, Dept. of Physiology & Functional Genomics
Phone: 2-7730
AMCB Faculty Page

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Lecture Topics and Schedule:

Supplemental Readings:

There is no required textbook. Various readings will be handed out during the semester or made available by email.


The grading scale is A, 90-100%;B+, 86-89; B 80-85, etc. The final grade will be based on performance in the exams as well as in course participation.  The breakdown is as follows:

Exam 1 - 30%
Exam 2 - 30%
Exam 3 - 30%
Participation - 10%    

If you are having trouble with the course, see Pete Hansen.


Exams will primarily be essay, problem solving, and short answer questions. Exams will focus on material that is new since the last exam although it is expected that students will be familiar with concepts from the entire course

Communication About The Class

Email will be used as the major method for communicating when not in class. Therefore, provide Dr. Hansen with your email address, if one is available. Dr. Hansen's email is
Any changes in the course or important updates will also be posted on a webpage listing What's New in ANS 6751 

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Policy on Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated by the instructors or by your peers at the University of Florida. Upon completion of your registration form at the University of Florida every student signed the following statement: "I understand that the University of Florida expects its students to be honest in all the academic work. I agree to this commitment to academic honesty and understand that my failure to comply with this commitment may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University". Please adhere to this oath.
A complete copy of the Academic Honesty Guidelines can be found in the University of Florida Undergraduate Catalog and at the University Student Guide.

Students with Disabilities

Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when  requesting accommodation.

Counseling Services

Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance. These resources include:
University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, personal and career
Student Mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171, personal
Sexual Assault Recovery Services, Student Health Care Center, 392-1161, assault
Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 2-1601, career development assistance

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