This course offers a critical analysis of contemporary concepts and controversies in evolution. We focus on the relation of evolutionary mechanisms (e.g., selection, drift, and migration) to long term evolutionary patterns (e.g., evolutionary innovations, origin of major groups, and the emergence of diversity). Topics include micro-evolutionary models, natural selection and adaptation, sexual selection, evolution and development, speciation, and the inference of evolutionary history.
Class Format: lecture/discussion/laboratory, six hours per week
Requirements/Evaluation: Evaluation will be based on written assignments (70%, including an independent research project), problem sets (10%), and participation in discussions (20%).
Prerequisites: BIOL 202
Enrollment Preference: Biology majors
Department Notes: satisfies the distribution requirement in the Biology major
Material and Lab Fees:
Divisional Attributes: Division III, Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
Other Attributes: BGNP Recommended Courses,COGS Related Courses, ENVS Group EB-A Electives
Enrollment Limit: 24
Expected Enrollment: 24
Class Number: 3235
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