BIOLOGY 120 - First Year Seminar in Biology
Section: 002 Adaptation and Natural Selection
Term: WN 2011
Subject: Biology (BIOLOGY)
Department: LSA Biology
Course Note:
These seminars, which are restricted to first-year students, are small-group classes (approximately 15-25 students) taught by regular and emeritus faculty.
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS
Other:
FYSem
Credit Exclusions:
Credit is granted for a combined total of 17 credits elected in introductory biology.
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This seminar will focus on the relation between natural selection and adaptation in organisms, and the practical and philosophical problems that arise in considering this relationship. We will discuss the mechanisms of natural selection and the processes giving rise to adaptations in organisms, the units and levels of selection, and the means by which we can determine when the features of an organism are an adaptation. We also will explore topics such as the tension between adaptation and constraint in evolutionary biology, the varied uses and missuses of the concepts in fields ranging from conservation biology to medicine, and the ethical implications of evolutionary ideas.

Course Requirements:

Students will read extensively, participate in and lead discussions and write 2-3 brief essays.

Intended Audience:

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Class Format:

Seminar

BIOLOGY 120 - First Year Seminar in Biology
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
19682
Open
1
1Y1
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: INTRODUCTION TO EVOLUTION
002 (SEM)
P
29425
Closed
0
 
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: ADAPTATION AND NATURAL SELECTION
003 (SEM)
P
29426
Closed
0
 
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: WOMEN SCIENTISTS
004 (SEM)
P
29736
Closed
0
 
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: BIOLOGY OF SEX
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