Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

The Biology major at Yale is a joint offering of the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB). MCDB offers courses in six areas: biochemistry, molecular biology, and chemical biology; cellular and developmental biology; genetics; neurobiology; plant sciences; and biotechnology. Additional coursework includes classes in chemistry, physics, and math. Undergraduates conduct original research and typically go on to work in medicine, public health, the pharmaceutical industry, conservation, and science education. Learn more at http://www.biology.yale.edu/

This survey course introduces students to the important and basic material on human fertility, population growth, the demographic transition and population policy. Topics include: the human and environmental dimensions of population pressure, demographic history, economic and cultural causes of demographic change, environmental carrying capacity and sustainability. Political, religious and ethical issues surrounding fertility are also addressed. The lectures and readings attempt to balance theoretical and demographic scale analyzes with studies of individual humans and communities. The perspective is global with both developed and developing countries included.