Spring 2024

Evolutionary Biology with Lab

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-321


Jill S. Miller (Sections 01, 01F and 01L)


Evolution is a powerful and central theme that unifies the life sciences. In this course, emphasis is placed on microevolutionary mechanisms of change, and their connection to large-scale macroevolutionary patterns and diversity. Through lectures and readings from the primary literature, we will study genetic drift and gene flow, natural selection and adaptation, molecular evolution, speciation, the evolution of sex and sexual selection, life history evolution, and inference and interpretation of evolutionary relationships. The laboratory investigates evolutionary processes using computer simulations, artificial selection experiments, and a semester-long project that characterizes phenotypic breeding relationships among individuals and integrates these results with analyses of molecular sequence variation for genes contributing to mating recognition. Three hours of lecture, one hour of discussion and four hours of laboratory work each week.

Requisite: BIOL 181; BIOL 191 recommended. Limited to 18 students. Not open to first-year students. Spring semester. Professor Miller.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference given to biology majors and according to class year (seniors first, etc.)

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: written work, reading and discussion, group work, in-class quizzes or exams, quantitative work.

BIOL 321 - LAB

Section 01L
W 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM SCCE B119

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 Evolutionary Analysis Benjamin Cummings, 2007 Freeman & Herron TBD


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019