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Fall 2017 Catalog and Handbook 
Fall 2017 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIO 250 - Evolutionary Biology (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: None
A broad survey of evolutionary biology. Includes a history of evolutionary thought beginning with Darwin. Outlines topics such as the origin and history of life and the origin of genetic variation. Discusses mechanisms of evolution including natural selection, genetic drift, sexual selection, and speciation. Discusses mechanisms of evolution including sexual selection, cooperation and conflict, and speciation. Examines molecular evolution and phylogenetic techniques to reconstruct evolutionary history and determine the place of an organism on the Tree of Life, which documents the evolutionary relationships among all species. Concludes with the origin and evolution of humans and the impact of evolutionary theory in society.This course is based in part upon materials developed by the American Museum of Natural History and is used with permission by the School of Professional Studies for this course.