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Rebecca M Price
BST 293
Bothell Campus

Special Topics

Examines different subjects or problems from an interdisciplinary framework.

Class description

Evolution frames all biological thinking; by the end of this course, you will understand why. We will explore different mechanisms of evolution, including natural selection and genetic drift, using well-studied experiments and applying simple algebraic models. You will learn to explain the processes underlying observed evolutionary patterns, such as the evolution of HIV, as well as predicted evolutionary outcomes that emphasize health and crop management and explain the diversity of living beings. These activities will teach you how to depict and decipher evolutionary relationships.

Student learning goals

Interpret and critically evaluate graphs and tables that present evolutionary data.

Apply simulation as way to explore evolution and to conduct mini-experiments.

Develop foundational knowledge that would allow you to pursue research in evolution.

Present the results of your learning in informal and formal discussions.

Conduct library research to contextualize results of a simulation experiment.

Compose a project to communicate the results of one simulation to the general public, and write a scientific paper based on another simulation to communicate your results to other scientists.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

BES 180 or equivalent is required; BES 301 Science Methods and Practice is strongly recommended, as is senior standing

Class assignments and grading

This description is subject to change: Assignment Percentage Weekly Quizzes (drop lowest grade) 35 Performance Project 15 Scientific Paper 30 Workbooks and participation 20

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Rebecca M Price
Date: 11/09/2010