Courses of Study 2017-2018 
    
    Apr 24, 2018  
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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BIOSM 1780 - Evolution and Marine Diversity


(BIO-AG, BIOLS-AG, PBS-AS)      
Summer. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Enrollment limited to: 24 students who are either: a) matriculated students at Cornell, UNH or at any 4-year college or university; or b) incoming freshmen who will arrive at Cornell or UNH in fall. Offered in Maine at Shoals Marine Laboratory on Appledore Island.

W. Allmon.

Patterns of diversity and processes of evolution. Topics include the diversity of life, the fossil record, macroevolutionary patterns, 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, and human evolution.

Outcome 1: Students will understand the underlying causal principles of evolutionary diversification.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to apply these principles to understand historical and contemporary evolutionary scenarios.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to identify core taxa in the tree of life, their characteristics, and understand the relationships among them.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to use basic conceptual and analytical tools to describe complex relationships within the tree of life.

Outcome 5: Students will be familiar with a number of experimental and synthetic approaches to analyzing and discovering evolutionary processes (microevolution) and establishing evolutionary patterns (macroevolution).

Outcome 6: Students will discuss knowledgeably the dimensions of evolutionary issues that require decisions in our society.



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