2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin

BIO 255 Biology of Gender & Sexuality

3 hours 

This course approaches the issues of gender and sexuality from the perspective of the biological sciences. By exploring the evolutionary origins of sexual reproduction, students will gain new insights into how and why sex and gender differences in animals, including humans, came to be. By gaining a solid grounding in basic sex-specific anatomy, physiology, and endocrinology, students will have a framework to consider several further topics, such as: gender-based medicine and the masculinized state of priorities in the biomedical industry; intersex and transgender identities and bodies; and reproductive biology and medicine. Finally, the course will examine sexualities in humans and in the animal world. 



Cross Listed Courses

GEN 255


ENG 201, and one of the following: SCI 110, SCI 112, SCI 114, NSC 107, EXE 103 (or any STEM Variant science course of at least three credits: BIO 102, BIO 103, BIO 104, CHE 102, CHE 103, CHE 104)


This course satisfies the Flexible Core: Scientific World area of the Gen Ed Program.

Note: For transfer students, successful completion of the Life and Physical Sciences category of CUNY’s Gen Ed requirements or any 3-credit or more science course can act as a pre-requisite. See the Department of Sciences for permission