STS 1180

STS 1180

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

Evolution is the central concept in biology. This course examines evolution as a science and places it in an historical context. Course focuses on descent with modification, the nature of natural selection, the history of the earth, the information content of the fossil record, and processes responsible for diversification (speciation and extinction). The science of evolutionary biology is presented in the context of a broader history of ideas in science. The course also explores the importance of evolutionary thinking in the 21st century, including discussion of antibiotic and pesticide resistance, personalized genomics, eugenics, and climate change.

When Offered Fall, Summer.

Permission Note Intended for: students with no background in college biology.

Distribution Category (BIO-AS, PBS-AS)

Comments Will not receive credit for course if taken after BIOEE 1780 or BIOEE 1781. Does not meet evolutionary biology requirement for biological sciences major.

  • Provide examples of the kinds of questions evolutionary biologists ask, and the types of tools and evidence they use to answer them.
  • Recognize and correct common misunderstandings about evolution.
  • Differentiate between the four main mechanisms of evolution (mutation, natural selection, migration, genetic drift).
  • Communicate about evolutionary principles to classmates and the general public.
  • Describe examples of evolution occurring in the modern day.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Three Week - Second.  Combined with: BIOEE 1180

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  1026 STS 1180   LEC 001

    • MTWRF Online Meeting
    • Jun 20 - Jul 7, 2023
    • Graffin, G

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