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2018-2019 Academic Catalogue 
2018-2019 Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BI 310 - Evolutionary Biology

Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the principles and processes of evolution, ranging from population biology to global dynamics. We will explore the wide array of obstacles faced by all creatures, the specifics of and unique scenarios in organismal adaptation, as well as the drivers behind those specific adaptations. Topics will include the theory of evolution by natural selection, patterns of speciation, concepts of fitness and adaptation, the genetic and developmental bases of evolution, basics of systematic and phylogeny, macro-evolutionary patterns, large-scale trends in extinctions, and human evolution. Students will explore primary literature in the field and participate in evidence-based group discussions on the biological evidence laying the foundation for evolutionary principles. Prerequisite(s): BI 101  and BI 102 , or BI 111 , BI 112 , and BI 113 .