LECTURE SCHEDULE FOR EVOLUTION AND SOCIETY (BIO 115), FALL 2001
 
Week1
  Topic Reading2
1 (8/27)
Scientific assumptions & method; Natural selection V-Preface, V1, & adaptation W-Introduction, W1 
 2 (9/3)
History of evolutionary thought; Geological time & V16 (p. 174-175) Geology W2 
 3 (9/10)
Origin of life; Evolution of eucaryote cell; Early V14, unicellular fossils & tracks 
 4 (9/17)
Repeating units; the Cambrian explosion & major events V13, V16 in the history of life. (No Class 9/19
 5 (9/24)
Classification, systematics & taxonomy 
 6 (10/1)
Midterm I (M, 10/1) Species definitions, species V10, V11 formation, & barriers to hybridization between species 
 7 (10/8)
DNA replication, gene expression, & mutation; Mendelian V3, V4 genetics; Gene interactions & quantative genetics 
 8 (10/15)
The Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium equation; Evolution V5, V9 of gene frequencies: mutation, genetic drift 
 9 (10/22)
 Evolution of gene frequencies: gene flow, natural V6, W3, W4, W5 selection - a genetic perspective; Modes of selection; Assortative mating, Sexual selection 
10 (10/29) 
Examples of natural selection in action V7, V8 Midterm II (W, 10/31); more examples 
 11 (11/5)
Continental drift; Biogeography; Macroevolution 
 12 (11/12)
Punctuated equilibria; Why adaptive radiations? V12, V13 
 13 (11/19)
THANKSGIVING - NO LECTURES 
 14 (11/26)
Higher units of selection; Sociobiology V20, V21, W6, W7 
 15 (12/3)
Social issues related to evolution; creationism V-Epilogue, W8, W9 is not science 
 16 (12/10)
Review: Evolutionary biology of the threespine stickleback fish. 
 (12/19)
Final Examination (W 8:00 - 10:30 am) 

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1Dates in parentheses are the dates on Tuesday of each week. 2Chapters in Volpe and Rosenbaum (V) or Williams (W). Reading assignments should be completed by Monday of the week for which they are assigned.