Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity
4 or 5 credits; 5-credit option involves writing component and two discussion sections per week. Team-taught course.
Offered every semester - co-taught Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017
Considers explanations for pattern of diversity and the apparent good fit of organisms to the environment. Topics include the diversity of life, the genetics and developmental basis of evolutionary change, processes at the population level, evolution by natural selection, modes of speciation, long-term trends in evolution, origin of humans. Students taking the 5-credit option read additional materials from the primary literature and write a series of essays in place of the regular prelims.