BI300 Evolution

for F2N 2008

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BI 300 Evolution


F2N 2008 SM


Theus, Maya


Senior Instructor


B.S. Biology New Mexico State University
M.S. Cell & Developmental Biology New Mexico State University


Semester Dates

October 14- November 29 2008

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


An Introduction to Biological Evolution Kardong, Kenneth V. 2nd edition ISBN: 978-0-07-305077-5

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Additional Lecture Handouts  and videos to be given to students on a regular basis.

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Course Description:
A study of the historical development of the concept of natural selection and modern concepts of evolution. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I encourage students to read scientific literature on a regular basis.  This will provide them a better understanding of the material presented in lectures and examinations.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define science, its applications, its limitations, and its general methodology
  2. Relate the historical context of modern evolutionary theory
  3. Interpret the contributions of Charles Darwin and other evolutionary biologist to evolutionary theory
  4. Relate the scientific basis of evolution, its mechanisms, and related topics including evidence that supports the theory of evolution
  5. Appraise the implications of evolutionary theory on human's interactions with the environment and other living organisms
  6. Illustrate the general timeline of evolution on earth including the evolution of humans

Core Assessment:

·       Essay, objective and short answer exams (CA)

·       Quizzes

·       Term paper

·    Writing assignments

Class Assessment:
3 Exams, short answer and essay in format.

Individual Student presentations, visual aide required.  In addition, a written essay will also accompany the presentation, approximately 8-10 pages in length.  2
 Pop quizzes will be given throughout the term.


3 exams each worth 100 points (20% each)
Student Presentations (25%) and written component worth 100 points (10%). 
Each quiz will be worth 5% (or 10 points total). 
100-90:  A 89-80:  B 79-70:  C 69-60:  D 59 and below:  F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students arriving late or are absent on examination days will be subject to a make-up exam, essay in format.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Cell phones must be turned off or placed in a silent mode during lectures.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Oct. 14:   Introduction to the course, Syllabus and course expectations.  Time magazine article (Evolution Wars), and Handout 1.
Oct. 16:  Introduction to the Scientific Method & Evolution of Evolution. The Evidence for Evolution. Why is Evolution so Controversial? Before Charles Darwin, Importance of Darwin's work (A most Dangerous Voyage, Critics & Controversy), Lamarck, Linnaues, and Wallace. (Chapter 1)

Oct 21:
  Darwin's Dangerous Idea. Movie & Lecture

Oct. 23: Exam 1. Chapter 1, August 2005 Time Magazine article, Handout 1 & Movie

Oct. 28: Emergence of Life.  (Chapter 4):  Major Transitions of Life (Inorganic to Organic Evolution), Heterotrophs, Autotrophs, Prokaryote to Eukaryote.  Major Transitions of Life and Consequences:  Ozone, Pollutants.  Chemical Coding:  From Genotype to Phenotype:  DNA, RNA, Proteins and Genes.  What is life?  An RNA World, A Protein World.

Oct. 30: Diversity of Life (Chapter 5):  Prokaryotes:  Bacteria vs. Archaea.  Eukaryotes:  Protista, Plants, Fungi, Animalia

 Nov. 4: Selection (Chapter 7):  Artificial vs. Natural Selection:  Artificial Selection, Natural Selection.  Types of Selection:  Stabilizing Selection, Directional Selection, Disruptive Selection, Sexual Selection.

Nov. 6: Exam 2:  Chapter's 4,5 & 7

Nov. 11: Co-evolution.  (Chapter 10).  Competition:  Symbiosis.  Plant-Animal-Co-evolution.  Protective coloration and shape:  Camouflage, Aposematic (Warning coloration).

Nov. 13: Extinctions  (Chapter 13).  Uniform Extinctions:  Co-evolution, Islands, Assessment of Uniform Extinctions.  Mass Extinctions:  Cause of Dinosaur Extinctions.  Mass Extinctions:  Plate Tectonics, Ice Age, Cosmic collision.

Nov. 18:  Human Evolution (Chapter 15).  Hominids:  Out of Africa, Out of Africa Part II, Evolving Language.  Hominid Evolution:  Innovations and Insight, Human Variation.  Physical and Behavioral Features:  Hairless Bodies, Stereoscopic Vision, Bipedal.

Nov. 20 :  Exam 3

Nov. 25: Student Presentations


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  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
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