BIOLOGY 120 - First Year Seminar in Biology
Section: 001 Implications of Evolutionary Biology Outside the Natural Sciences
Term: WN 2018
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:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
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:

All the contemporary life on Earth evolved from the common ancestor, which lived over 3,500 million years ago, and humans evolved from apes in the course of the last ~10 millions of years. These facts form the foundation of biology, but what is their importance, if any, outside the domain of biology? We will explore implications of modern evolutionary biology for medicine, psychology, a variety of social issues, traditional beliefs, and existential questions. Some of these implications are well-established, but many others remain controversial.

Course Requirements:

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Intended Audience:

Both biology and non-biology majors.

No special knowledge of Biology beyond the basic High School level is required; however, you must be willing to think, write, and debate.

Class Format:

We will start from discussing some accessible primary literature and popular works on evolutionary medicine and psychology. In the second part of the class the emphasis will be on polemics about implications of evolution for controversial social, religious, and philosophical issues.

BIOLOGY 120 - First Year Seminar in Biology
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
003 (SEM)
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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