Rebecca M Price
Examines different subjects or problems from an interdisciplinary framework.
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
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