BIOL 432
Evolutionary Genetics
Last Offered Fall 2017
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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The synthesis of evolutionary processes with the mechanistic understanding of genetics has lent insight into many mysteries of life. The goal of this course is to explore the interface between evolution and genetics to make sense of fundamental biological processes. For example, why do we expect that male and female offspring occur in 50:50 ratios? How and why do unusual sex-ratios occur? Other topics include: conflict among genes, evolution of allelic dominance, adaptation at the molecular level, and genetics of speciation. Class discussion and written assignments will emphasize critical evaluation and synthesis of the scientific literature.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 1394
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation and several short papers
Prerequisites: BIOL 202; open to juniors and seniors
Enrollment Preferences: seniors who have not taken a 400 level course, then juniors and Biology majors
Unit Notes: satisfies the distribution requirement for the Biology major
Distributions: Division III

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