Prereq.: Two college-level courses in biology, or Biology 171 and one other natural science course, or permission of instructor.
This course is intended for students who wish both to learn about evolutionary biology and be exposed to the natural history of a region. Lectures will emphasize evolutionary theory as the explanation of observed organic diversity in the northern Michigan region. Field experiments will involve plants and animals, aquatic and terrestrial situations and utilize observational, experimental and statistical techniques. Numerous field trips will be taken to understand the importance of human modifications of the environment, biological diversity and differential survival of organisms. BIO 390 is a required course for EEB and general biology concentrators at the University of Michigan.