Evolution

1559-103:
Discipline: Biology
Instructor: Kastendiek
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1425
End: 1540
Field Work: Day 1 - Singapore - 22 February | Singapore
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of evolutionary biology,
the unifying context for the understanding of all other biological and medical sciences. The
course will present the evidence that living species are the result of evolutionary processes.
The course will also discuss the mechanisms of evolutionary change (natural selection, genetic
drift, etc.) as they are occurring today. Other topics will include the nature and philosophy of
science, the relationship between adaptation and natural selection, the origin of new traits, and
the mechanisms that result in new species. The course will also examine the nature of the fossil
record, the causes of ancient and modern extinctions and the implications for conservation of
modern species. Finally, the history of evolutionary thought and societal responses to it will be
discussed.

Field Work

Country: Singapore
Day: 1 - Singapore - 22 February

Students will tour the Singapore Zoo and gardens and observe and discuss the adaptations exhibited by plants and animals from various habitats. The students will discuss concepts of convergence and adaptive radiation among groups of plants and animals. Students will discuss plant-animal interactions and their role in evolution. The students will also pose evolutionary questions arising from what we see. Academic Objectives:

  1. Relate evolutionary concepts described in lecture to living organisms.
  2. Discovery the diversity of organisms arising from evolutionary processes.
  3. Learn to pose scientific hypotheses concerning evolutionary processes.