EvolutionARY BIOLOGY - Bioee1780 - 4 credits (5 credits for Writing in the Major Option)

This lecture course is one of the Biology Core Courses for the Major. We consider explanations for patterns of diversity and for the apparent good fit of organisms to their environment. Topics include the genetic and developmental basis of evolutionary change, processes at the population level, the theory of evolution by natural selection, levels of selection, concepts of fitness and adaptation, modes of speciation, long-term trends in evolution, rates of evolution and extinction, as well as a survey of the Tree of Life.

Vertebrates: Form, FUnction, and Evolution - BIOEE2740 - 4 credits

This introductory course in vertebrate organismal biology explores the structure and function of vertebrates with an emphasis on trends in vertebrate evolution. Lectures cover topics such as the origin and evolution of various vertebrate groups, sensory systems, thermoregulation, life history, locomotion, feeding, size, and scaling.

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