BIOL-225   Ecological & Evolutionary Systems

The basic concepts in ecological and evolutionary biology, and their use to gain insights into adaptive physiological functions. Topics include: population genetics and ecology, evolutionary development and speciation, phylogenetics and genomics, adaptive biology, ecosystem dynamics, and biodiversity. Students develop critical thinking skills by applying those concepts to solve biological problems and practice basic scientific communication skills. Laboratories make use of state-of-the-art methodologies to address interesting questions about organisms as complex adaptive systems, thereby giving students insights into the practice of contemporary ecological, evolutionary, and organismal biology research. Lectures and laboratories. Prerequisites: Biology 123 or 115, Chemistry 103. Corequisite: Biology 225 Lab. Biology majors and minors must take Mathematics 145 concurrently with either Biology 224 or 225.