Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2024-06-04 07:21:17


Biomedical Science

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2024


The goal of the project is to investigate and determine the effects of sunlight exposure and hormone levels. The circadian rhyth, which is heavily influenced by sunlight, not only affects the amount of sleep someone achieves, but is also related to behavior and mood, and heavily relies on the body’s hormones for proper regulation. The hormones that are prevelant to the circadian rhythm, and which will be studied in this experiment are cortisol, serotonin and melatonin. In this experiment, these three hormones will be extracted prior to alterations of light exposure. Animal test subjects will then undergo treatment of light exposure that differs from natural light patterns. Following treatment for one week, hormones will be extracted for comparison to the levels initially recorded prior to treatment.

Research Sponsor

Brian Bagatto

First Reader

Richard Londraville

Second Reader

Kevin Kaut

Honors Faculty Advisor

Brian Bagatto

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