BIOLOGY 107 - Evolution of Life
Section: 001
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Biology (BIOLOGY)
Department: LSA Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
Credit is granted for a combined total of 17 credits elected in introductory biology.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Some exposure to biology at the high school level is assumed.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is intended for students not concentrating in the sciences and will provide an introduction to the concepts and processes of biological evolution. We will consider:

  1. the history of evolutionary thought;
  2. the evidence for evolution;
  3. comparative methods for inferring evolutionary history;
  4. an overview of the evolution of cells, organisms, and viruses;
  5. evolutionary themes such as natural selection, chance, and cooperation; and
  6. the consequences of an evolutionary world view for understanding disease, the value of biological diversity, and aspects of human culture.

The course consists of three 50-minute lectures per week. The course is designed for students with minimal background in the biological sciences; however, some exposure to biology at the high school level is assumed. Grades will be based on three exams, including a cumulative final, and writing assignments.

BIOLOGY 107 - Evolution of Life
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MWF 3:00PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 1405117567
History of life, Author: Richard Cowen., Publisher: Blackwell Publ. 4. ed., [N 2007
ISBN: 0670030945
Gorgon : paleontology, obsession, and the greatest catastrophe in earth's history, Author: Peter D. Ward., Publisher: Viking 2004
ISBN: 0226580830
The evolutionary biology of plants, Author: Karl J. Niklas., Publisher: Univ. of Chicago Press 1997
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