BIOL 305
Evolution Fall 2009
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
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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.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion/laboratory, six hours per week
Limit: 24
Expected: 24
Class#: 1286
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on written assignments (70%, including an independent research project), problem sets (10%), and participation in discussions (20%)
Prerequisites: Biology 202
Enrollment Preferences: Biology majors
Unit Notes: satisfies the distribution requirement in the Biology major
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Attributes: BGNP Recommended Courses
COGS Related Courses

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