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Joseph Felsenstein
Seattle Campus

Population Genetics

Mathematical and experimental approaches to the genetics of natural populations, especially as they relate to evolution. Emphasis on theoretical population genetics. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Offered: W, odd years.

Class description

This is a course covering the theory of population genetics (theoretical evolutionary genetics). It is intended to bring the student to a level where they can read the theoretical literature of this field.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction


Recommended preparation

Basically a student needs to understand elementary Mendelian genetics, elementary statistics including what means and variances are (expectations and covariances are helpful too), and elementary calculus including derivatives and integrals.

Class assignments and grading

A series of 9 homeworks, one per week, will be assigned. These are due the following week. Each consists of about 2 problems to be worked.

Grades are based largely on the homeworks.

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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Joseph Felsenstein
Date: 01/03/2011