Introduction to Evolution

EVE 100

An upper-division undergraduate class. A general survey of the origins of biological diversity and evolutionary mechanisms. This course is arranged into Themes that each occupy several lectures. In addition, we have two Synthesis lectures, which integrate ideas from several themes and apply them to practical problems.


Theme 1 Evolution as an algorithm
Theme 2 Variation in nature
Theme 3 Evolutionary forces
Theme 4 Phylogenetic and camparative analysis
Synthesis 1 Evolution of the HIV virus
Midterm 1
Theme 5 Speciation
Theme 6 Genetic basis of phenotypic change
Theme 7 Macroevolution
Theme 8 Evolution of genes and genomes
Synthesis 2 Human evolution and evolutionary medicine
Final exam