Sara L. Wyckoff
BIO A 100
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 BIOL 108.
Gene/environment interactions as they contribute to our human condition. We will explore our status as primates as well as our capacity for language, culture and human behavior. Students should leave this course with a stronger appretiation of biology and culture within their everyday lives and professions.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture, short observation activities, discussions of readings and findings from activities, one short paper.
Come ready to explore ideas and discussion opinions.
Class assignments and grading
I picked two popular science writers as text for this course as a way of introducing the students to writers whose books they may wish to read in years to come. I also intend to have short observations of human behavior as a means of sharpening insights into what happens around us all the time. The short paper will be choosen to complement these assignments and allow the student to pursue a topic of further interest to them.
Short essay question quiz at the end of each unit (40%), grades assigned to observational activities (20%), participation (10%), and short paper (30%).