326 Zool: Mammalogy

Dr. Abdulaziz N. Alagaili

Office 2B 134  Zoology Department.

Tel: 4670352



Office hours

Sun, Tue: 11:00 – 1:00

* You can reach me by dropping a letter in my mailbox at the Zoology Dept. Secretary office.


Course objectives

This course is the main base on which biology “specifically Zoology” relies. We aim to create a positive interaction between the instruction and the students. This can be done when student start thinking more that listening or writing.


Required Materials

Feldhamer, G. A., L. C. Drickamer, S. H. Vessey, J. F. Merritt, and C. Crajewski. 2007. Mammalogy: adaptation, diversity, and ecology. 3rd edition.  Johns Hopkins University Press.

Acceptable alternative: Feldhamer, G. A., L. C. Drickamer, S. H. Vessey, and J. F. Merritt. 2004. Mammalogy: adaptation, diversity, and ecology. 2nd edition.  McGraw-Hill, New York, 576 pp




Two lecture exams, two lab exams, and a final exam will evaluate the student progress throughout the course.


1st. exam         10 points

2nd exam         10 points

lab exam          30 points

final                 50 points    

total               100 points


Lab exam

1st exam      15 points

2nd exam     15 points

total            30 points



Based on your score, the final grade will be as follows:


A+ ≥ 95        A ≥ 90

B+ ≥ 85        B ≥ 80

C+ ≥ 75        C ≥ 70

D ≥ 60

F ≤ 59


Make Up Policy

No make up for final and lab exams. Otherwise, contact me in advance if you have dire circumstances.



  Week              Lecture subject                                       Lab subject                                                      


     1                   Introduction to Mammalogy                Introduction

     2                   Mammalian aracters                            Preserving mammals

     3                   Structures & Functions                        Mammalian Structures

     4                   Monotremes and Marsupials               Animal Morphology 

     5                   Eutherians                                            Protozoa

     6                   Xenarthra                                             Taxonomy          

     7                   Dermoptera                                          Taxonomy          

     8                   Scandentia                                            Taxonomy          

     9                   Carnivora                                              Taxonomy          

   10                   Afrotheria                                             Taxonomy          

   11                   Perissodactyl                                        Taxonomy          

   12                   Artiodactyla                                          Field trip

   13                   Artiodactyla                                          Field trip

   14                   Cetacea                                                  Field trip

   15                   Rodentia                                                Field trip

   16                   Lagomorpha                                          Field trip