BIOEE 1180 - Evolution

(crosslisted) STS 1180  
Fall, Summer. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Intended for students with no background in college biology. Does not meet evolutionary biology requirement for Biological Sciences major. Will not receive credit for course if taken after BIOEE 1780  or BIOEE 1781 .

Fall: Staff; Summer: G. Graffin.

Evolution is the central concept in biology. This course examines evolution as a science and places it in an historical context. Course focuses on descent with modification, the nature of natural selection, the history of the earth, the information content of the fossil record, and processes responsible for diversification (speciation and extinction). The science of evolutionary biology is presented in the context of a broader history of ideas in science. The course also explores the importance of evolutionary thinking in the 21st century, including discussion of antibiotic and pesticide resistance, personalized genomics, eugenics, and climate change.

Outcome 1: Provide examples of the kinds of questions evolutionary biologists ask, and the types of tools and evidence they use to answer them.

Outcome 2: Recognize and correct common misunderstandings about evolution.

Outcome 3: Differentiate between the four main mechanisms of evolution (mutation, natural selection, migration, genetic drift).

Outcome 4: Communicate about evolutionary principles to classmates and the general public.

Outcome 5: Describe examples of evolution occurring in the modern day.

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