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Course Description:

Evolution is the great unifying theory for biology. No idea in biology has been more powerful scientifically. Yet the idea of evolution has been enmeshed in controversy, especially within the United States. This course will trace the history of evolutionary ideas, using the development of Darwin’s theory and The Origin of Species as the scaffolding for our current understanding, examining the vast amount of evidence that has accumulated in support of evolution. The course will emphasize how evolution has continued to provide a research program today in diverse areas of research, from paleontology to molecular biology to human behavior to medicine. In doing so the course explores the frontiers and controversies of working evolutionary biologists.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of at least one entry level biology course.

This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Natural Sciences.

This online course is offered through Online Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Natural Sciences-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1.

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