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Evolutionary Biology

 Crosslisted with Anthro, Botany. Emphasis throughout is on how modern scientists actually study (do research in) evolutionary biology. History of Evolutionary Thought; Overview of Evidence for Evolution; DNA and Heredity; Variation, Natural Selection, and Mutations; The Theory of Natural Selection; Non-Random Mating; Basic Statistics; Genetic Drift; Molecular Evolution and the Neutral Theory; Multi-locus Population Genetics; Polygenic Characters and Quantitative Genetics; The Idea of a Species; Speciation; Reconstructing Phylogenies and Character Evolution; Systematics and Taxonomy; Adaptive Explanations; The Comparative Method and Phylogenetic Statistics; Allometry and Novelty; Darwinian Medicine; Defining and Studying Adaptation; Sexual Selection; Evolutionary Biogeography; Rates of Evolution; Macroevolutionary Change; Macroevolutionary Trends, Coevolution, Species Selection; The Fossil Record; Extinction and Mass Extinction. 3 cr/spr

Department: 
Zoology
Course#: 
410
Course: 
Evolutionary Biology
Credits: 
3
Instructor(s): 
Waller, Don
Semester: 
Spr