BIOL 459 Evolution

This course details the processes that influence evolutionary change. An emphasis is placed on the methodology for (1) inferring phylogenetic relationships (i.e., history), (2) determining the relative influences of natural selection and genetic drift, and (3) exploring the conditions that lead to various modes of speciation. Topics covered include population genetics, speciation, microevolution vs. macroevolution, punctuated equilibrium, life history theory, and modes of selection. Pre-requisites: BIOL 254 - Introduction to Botany and BIOL 170/BIOL 170L - General Zoology and Lab. This course is part of the university's Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines program. Fall, even years. Course fee required.