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Evolution, Ecology, and Genetics

 Biocore is a four-semester interdepartmental honors sequence that provides a broad as well as a solid background for further work in any biological field. Biocore 301 is the first course in the sequence and serves as a foundation for the subsequent courses. Students are expected to have completed Math 221 and Chemistry 104 or 109 or 115 and to be concurrently (or previously) enrolled in Chem 343 when they begin Biocore. Students wishing to enroll in the Biocore program must apply for admission at the beginning of spring semester prior to fall enrollment. Biocore 301 is accompanied by a separate 2-credit lab course. (See the description for Biocore 302: Evolution, Ecology, and Genetics Laboratory.) Biocore 301 includes an introduction to the fundamental ideas of evolutionary thought: Darwin's life and ideas, the origin and diversity of species, mechanisms of speciation, phylogeny, and the history of life. The course also addresses ecology, focusing first on the distribution and adaptations of organisms and then on populations, communities, the flow of matter and energy through ecosystems, and some of the ways humans have changed ecosystems. The genetics section emphasizes transmission genetics, including Mendel's laws, cell division, and the structural and functional organization of chromosomes. The course concludes with a discussion of the ways in which genetics can help us to understand evolution. 3 cr/fall. Note: All of the Biocore courses are honors courses and very challenging; however, it is not necessary to be in the Honors Program to participate in Biocore. It is necessary to apply for admission to the program in the Biocore Office (345 Noland Hall, 262-5979) between mid-January and early March the semester before beginning the sequence.

Evolution, Ecology, and Genetics
Howell, Evelyn