Fall 2023

Adaptation and the Organism

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-181


Michael E. Hood (Sections 01, 01F and 02F)
Thea V. Kristensen (Sections 01, 01F and 02F)
Ethan J. Temeles (Sections 01, 01F and 02F)


An introduction to the evolution, ecology, and behavior of organisms and how these relate to the diversity of life. Following a discussion of the core components of evolutionary theory, we'll examine how evolutionary processes have shaped morphological, anatomical, physiological, and behavioral adaptations in organisms that solve many of life's problems, ranging from how to find or acquire food and avoid being eaten, to how to attract and locate mates, and how to optimize reproduction throughout a lifetime. We'll relate and compare characteristics of animals, plants, fungi, protists, and bacteria, examining how and why these organisms have arrived at various solutions to life's problems. Laboratory exercises will complement lectures and will involve field experiments on natural selection and laboratory studies of vertebrates, invertebrates and plants. Four classroom hours and three laboratory hours per week.

Fall semester. Professors Hood and Temeles; Lab Coordinator Kristensen.

Please note that the same textbook is used for both BIOL 181 and BIOL 191.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: reading of scientific literature; collection, analysis and presentation of scientific data; quantitative problem sets; in-class written examinations; collaborative group work.

BIOL 181 - LEC

Section 01
M 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM SCCE E110
W 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM SCCE E110
F 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM SCCE E110

BIOL 181 - DIS

Section 01F
Th 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM SCCE E208

Section 02F
F 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM SCCE E108

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

Section(s) ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
All Biological Science (6th edition) Pearson, 2017 Scott Freeman - Kim Quillin - Lizabeth Allison - Michael Black - Emily Taylor - Greg Podgorski - Jeff Carmichael This book is used for both BIOL 181 and BIOL 191. Please purchase online. TBD
All Biological Science (7th edition) Pearson Freeman, Scott Students can use either edition. TBD


Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023, Fall 2024