GEO 143 Evolution of Life

The course is an introduction to basic principles relating to present understanding of biological evolution. Evolution is a major scientific paradigm that underlies both theoretical and practical research in the life sciences, and it has strong interdisciplinary support from biology and other branches of science. The course explores the development of evolutionary ideas from early concepts up to the modern synthesis. Topics include: origin of life, geologic record and geologic time, inheritance and Darwinian selection, patterns of evolution, macroevolution, and modern opposition to evolutionary science. Lecture format.




Every semester