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Instructor Info:Charles Ross
Office Extension x5576
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Cole Science Center 2-OPEN
09:00 AM - 10:20 AM Cole Science Center 2-OPEN

2009 was the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "The Origin of Species." The concept of biological evolution pre-dates Darwin. However, when Darwin presented a provocative mechanism by which evolution works (i.e., natural selection), he catapulted an idea to the forefront of biology that has precipitated 150 years of research into the nature and origin of organic diversity. This course will serve as an introduction to the science of evolutionary biology. Additionally, we will take a historical look at the development of evolution as a concept and how it has led to the Modern Synthesis in biology and modern research in Evolutionary Biology. We will also investigate how Darwin's "dangerous idea" has infiltrated different areas of biology and beyond.

Course Objectives:

My goals in this course are to:

1) help you learn the subject matter of evolution,

2) help you learn how to be a scientist, or how science is done,

3) help you learn how to think critically,

4) help you learn how to write,

5) provide you with a general enthusiasm for the evolutionary biology. 

Some of these goals are general to your college education and some specific to this class.  You should ruminate what are your goals for this class and how best to accomplish them.

Evaluation Criteria:

(see syllabus for details)

1. attendance

2. participation

3. major research paper 

4. oral presentation of paper

5. lab/exercise write-ups

6. small ad-hoc "thought dumps"

Additional Info:

Suggested textbook, but not required:

Zimmer, Carl, and Douglas Emlen. 2013. Evolution: Making Sense of Life. Roberts and Company Publishers, Inc. Greenwood Village, CO.