Biology | Evolution and Diversity
L111 | 1319 | Cotten, C
Course format: Daily lectures: 8:55A-10:10A, JH A106, plus twice-a-
week discussions (a.k.a.learning groups, MR 11:45A-12:35P, rooms to
be announced). The discussions are not review of the lecture but
rather expand on selected lecture topics.
Requirements: Basic college level academic skills.
Course description: The course is intended for entry-level science
majors. The course is an introduction to the diversity of living
things. Topics considered are 1) how organisms may have originated
and how they have evolved subsequently. The latter is an
introduction to evolutionary theory, the unifying theory of modern
biology; 2) how organisms are adapted, structurally and functionally,
to different habitats and to different life styles; 3) how different
types of organisms can affect one another; 4) how organisms can be
Required text: Campbell and Reece, “Biology”, Seventh edition, 2005.
Weekly assignments: Two discussion topics: read assigned articles and
prepare answers to list of questions drawn from the articles;
textbook reading as needed to accompany lectures.
Exams/papers: Three multiple choice and short answer exams in
lecture; one one-page essay in each discussion meeting.