Examination of the basic mechanisms of evolution and the importance of evolution to our understanding of life on earth. Genetics, natural selection, adaptation and the history of life are considered. Cross listed as ENVS 300. Prerequisites: C or better in BIOL 112.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
C or better in BIOL 112.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered Odd Fall.
Most current editions of the following:
By Freeman, S. & J. C. Herron (Prentice Hall) Recommended
By Ridley, M. (Blackwell Publishing) Recommended
To describe the basic evidence for evolution.
To explain how Darwinian natural selection and Mendelian genetics contribute to evolutionary theory.
To describe the mechanisms of evolution.
To apply the concept of adaptation to life history characteristics.
To demonstrate mechanisms and results of speciation.
Outline the history of evolutionary theory and the modern synthesis.
Apply molecular and Mendelian genetics to evolutionary theory.
Describe the major lines of evidence for evolution.
Explain how natural selection and variation explain evolution and adaptation.
Apply population genetics to evolution.
Explain the importance of the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium.
Explain how random events affect evolution.
Defend the argument that natural selection is required for adaptation.
Describe the various levels at which selection occurs.
Detail the various ways speciation may occur.
Distinguish between macroevolution and microevolution.
Explain the effects of co-evolution, extinction and radiation.
Evidence for evolution
Mechanisms of change
Mutation and variation
Life history characteristics
History of life
Origin of life
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25
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