Biology | Evolution and Diversity
L111 | 1339 | Hengeveld, S
Course Format: Lecture: 1:00P-2:15P, TR, JH 124. Attendance of one
fifty-minute discussion group per week.
Prerequisites: College prep high school biology. Students who did not
take biology in high school traditionally have struggled in this
course. Students enrolling in this course should have good study
skills and the discipline for self-directed learning. Computer access
(e-mail and WWW), available to all students.
Course Description: The course is arranged in four units. The first
unit focuses on the theory of evolution and how genetic variation is
the key to the origin of species. In the second unit we explore the
evolutionary history, diversity and characteristics of Domains
Bacteria, Archaea, & Eurkarya. In the third unit we study how
organisms interact with each other and with their environment. We end
the semester with a discussion of behavioral ecology and conversation
biology, disciplines that utilize every single topic that we cover in
this course. The goal of the course is for you to gain an
understanding of ecology and evolutionary biology. Societal decisions
and actions affect species, including our own, in terms of species
extinction and conservation efforts. An understanding of ecological
interactions, genetic variation, natural selection, and evolution are
critical to understanding these phenomena. Furthermore, it is hoped
that through class discussions, assignments, and exams you will
improve your critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Required Text: Raven, et. al. "Biology", seventh edition.
Weekly Assignments: One to two chapters of reading and discussion
group assignments. Discussion group assignments include outside
readings, worksheets, or simulated activities. Approximately half of
the worksheet is completed before coming to discussion group. The
remaining half is discussed in small groups and completed during
discussion group. Discussion group activities emphasize material
learned in lecture. They are not a recitation of the lecture material.
Exams/Papers: There are four exams and a comprehensive final. Exams
consist of multiple-choice questions. Lecture exams contribute to 80%
of the course grade, with the discussion group activities making up
the remaining 20% of the course grade.