BIOEE 1781

BIOEE 1781

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

Considers explanations for pattern of diversity and the apparent good fit of organisms to the environment. Topics include the diversity of life, the genetics and developmental basis of evolutionary change, processes at the population level, evolution by natural selection, modes of speciation, long-term trends in evolution, origin of humans.

When Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

Forbidden Overlaps Forbidden Overlap: due to an overlap in content, students will not receive credit for both BIOEE 1780 and BIOEE 1781.

Distribution Category (BIO-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS)

Comments Biological sciences majors must take this course for a letter grade. Students will enroll in BIOEE 1780 instead for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 only.

  • Understand the underlying causal principles of evolutionary diversification.
  • Apply these principles to understand historical and contemporary evolutionary scenarios.
  • Identify ~100 core taxa in the tree of life, their characteristics, and understand the relationships among them.
  • Use basic conceptual and analytical tools to describe complex relationships within the tree of life.
  • Become familiar with a number of experimental and synthetic approaches to analyzing and discovering evolutionary processes (microevolution) and establishing evolutionary patterns (macroevolution).
  • Write and discuss knowledgeably about the dimensions of evolutionary issues that require decisions in our society.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Six Week Summer. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  1054 BIOEE 1781   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: Distance Learning-Asynchronous
    This Online Summer Session class is offered by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. For details visit