BIOL 420
Evolutionary Genetics
Last Offered Spring 2008
Division III
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

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Recent advances in genetics and genomics provide unparalleled tools for the study of evolution. This course will begin by examining the structure and organization of genes and genomes (why do all organisms have DNA anyway? where do sex chromosomes come from? why do genomes vary wildly in size among organisms?), and then expand our focus to encompass organismal and population-level processes (adaptation, speciation, population structure, etc). Ultimately we will turn the lens on ourselves to explore the ongoing evolution of Homo sapiens. Class discussions will focus on readings from current primary literature.
The Class: Format: discussion, three hours per week
Limit: 12
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on participation in class discussions and several short papers
Prerequisites: Biology 202 and Biology 305, or permission of instructor
Distributions: Division III

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