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Natural History and Evolution - EEB 392

5 credits

Prerequisites: Biology 171 or 195 and 173; prior or concurrent enrollment in Biology 305; or permission of instructor.

Requirements: BS, NS, PitE and EEB lab requirement; fulfills the Evolution class requirement for Biology and EEB.

Meets: Synchronous class days on Tuesday and Friday

Instructor: Jordan Price

Course Description

Evolution is the engine driving the amazing biodiversity we see today. This online course will focus on evolution as reflected in the natural history of organisms, paying special attention to the flora and fauna found in your local area. The course will focus primarily on evolutionary theory and mechanisms, and you will learn about evolution across a range of timescales and levels of organization. In the process, you will explore such diverse topics as animal behavior, population genetics, game theory, and molecular evolution.

Teaching a “field course” online will require us to use technology in some creative ways. Nevertheless, know that we are dedicated to giving you the best possible educational experience. Our objective is for you to finish this course with a deep appreciation for, if not a completely different view of, the complex ecological and evolutionary mechanisms underlying life on earth today.