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.
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
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.