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2020-2021 Catalog and Handbook 
2020-2021 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIO 250 - The Tree of Life: Understanding Evolution (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. Reconstructs evolutionary history and determines 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 contemporary 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.