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Evolutionary Biology
EVOLUTION SCIE
CLASS CODE: BIO 475 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT: BIOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Basic Darwinian evolution and the history of evolutionary thought is presented. Includes the study of the scientific evidences for evolution and the processes through which evolution occurs. The history of life on earth will also be explored.
TAUGHT: Winter, Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Microevolution: including speciation, isolating mechanisms, species concept, population genetics and molecular and developmental evolution

Macroevolution: including biogeography, systematics and classification, geology and the fossil record, gradualism and punctuated equilibrium.

History of Evolution: including evidences, current views, history of thought, challenges to evolution and false ideas.

Religion/Creation: including Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and religion in general view, Human Evolution

Human Evolution: including source of evidences and current thought.

Ecological concepts: Co-evolution, selection, convergent and divergent evolution, mate selection, reproductive strategies.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this course are to present the most current material available about evolutionary theory so that students will understand:
why evolution stands as the foundation theory for biology.
the evidences which support evolutionary theory and how they support and complement one another.
the processes through which evolution occurs.
how geology adds to our understanding of evolutionary processes.
how controversy about evolutionary theory arises and what the controversy entails.
how evolution explains both the diversity and unity of all living things.
to what extent the current classification system of living things is based on evolutionary relationships and how these relationships are measured
how the relationships between living organisms and between organisms and their environment are involved in the evolutionary process.
the difference between microevolution and macroevolution including s discussion of the uncertainty of macroevolution processes.
REQUIREMENTS: Three examinations, 2 midterm and a final. A group project including an oral presentation and a library research paper.
PREREQUISITES: Completion of Bio 200 or 208 and Bio 375 or permission of instructor.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001