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Sara L. Wyckoff
BIOL 108
Seattle Campus

Evolution and Human Behavior

Introduction to evolution by natural selection, examining the light it can throw on human biology and behavior in such areas as the nature of sex differences, sexual conflict, and conflict between parents and children. Does not fulfill major requirements. Offered: jointly with BIO A 100.

Class description

Human behavior is based on biological capacities inherited from our ape ancestors. In this class we examine the phylogenetic roots of our behavior and also contrast the differences between us and apes, especially in the areas of language and social interaction, based primarily on neurological differences.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Reading, lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

We will start with the basics of evolution, no need for prior knowledge.

Class assignments and grading

Readings and essays.

Criterion based grading.


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 Sara L. Wyckoff
Date: 04/03/2006