Course number: BI 300
Instructor: Maya Strunk
Dates of Instruction: 8/23/05-10/6/05
Time: Tue/Thurs. 2:00-4:30pm
A study of the historical development of the concept of natural selection and modern concepts of evolution. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior in standing. One course in Biology at the college level is desirable.
Goals of the course:
To provide the student with a working knowledge of the forces which influence and drive the evolutionary change of living organisms. Special emphasis will be placed on man’s impact and influence on biodiversity and the environment.
1. Define science, its applications, its limitations, and its general methodology.
2. Describe the historical context of modern evolutionary theory.
3. Explain the contributions of Charles Darwin and other evolutionary biologists to evolutionary theory.
4. Explain the scientific basis of evolution, its mechanisms, and related topics.
5. Describe the evidence that supports the theory of evolution.
6. Understand the significance of evolutionary theory in modern society.
7. Discuss the implications of evolutionary theory on human’s interactions with the environment and other living organisms.
8. Explain the general timeline and evolution of the Earth.
9. Describe the evolution of humans.
Lecture with some group discussion, and video material will be shown, as well as individual student presentations. (TBA)
Students are responsible for reading all material BEFORE class. Successful completion of the course must result in a 60% of the total points possible.
Required text: Kardong, Kenneth V. An Introduction to Biological Evolution
Syllabus, expectations for the course.
Evolution of Evolution
Darwin’s Dangerous Mind
Chapter 1 & Movie
Emergence of Life
Diversity of Life
Human Evolution: Early Years
Dawn Of Man
Walking With Cavemen
Chapter 4,5,14 & Movies
Evolution: Today and Tomorrow
Final Grades distributed
All reading assignments are to be done before class. Students are required to be in attendance for all scheduled class meetings, unless excused prior by the instructor. Excused absences include illness, illness of family, car troubles, death in the family, etc. I do expect everyone to be in class on time, I have to drive from Las Cruces and I will always be on time, and I expect the same of you.
3 unexcused absences will result in an automatic withdrawl from the course. The instructor retains the option of assigning an F grade after the drop date if the student has 4 unexcused absences.
Students who arrive late on exam days will be subject to a separate exam, preferably in the form of an essay exam. All makeup exams will be in the format of an essay exam.
Academic honesty is required of all students. Park college does not accept cheating or plagiarism of any kind. If a student commits academic dishonesty, they will be given an F grade and dropped from the course.
There will be 2 exams both of which will be based on the information assigned or presented in class lectures. Most of the information will be derived from the textbook assigned for the course. Additional information may be added if given through
handouts. The 2 exams are multiple choice with scantron.
There will be no curve at the end of the course, and no low grades will be dropped from the final grade.
Total percentage Letter grade
59 and below F
Exam 1 30%
Exam 2 30%
Student Presentations 30%