Evolution (BIO4104.01)

Kerry Woods

Evolutionary theory provides conceptual unity for biology; Darwin’s concept and its derivatives inform every area of life science, from paleontology to molecular biology to physiology to plant and animal behavior to human nature. This course will establish deep grounding in basic selective theory (including some exploration of population genetics) and explore selected current questions through readings in the primary literature. Particular topics may include: evolution of reproductive systems and behaviors, evolutionarily stable strategies and game theory; competing models of sexual selection; inclusive fitness and the evolution of sociality and altruistic behavior; coevolution in mutualistic and predator-prey (parasite-host) systems; evolution of disease and evolutionary medicine; and the (multiple) origin and loss of sex. There will be extensive reading in primary literature as well as both critical and synthetic writing.

Prerequisites: Prior college-level work in biology or permission of instructor; basic familiarity with genetics, cell function, physiology assumed. Quantitative skills important.
Credits: 4
M 8:10am - 10:00am; Th 8:10am - 10:00am
Maximum Enrollment: 24
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Four Credit, 4000, Biology, Kerry Woods.