Course Description

EVOLUTION, BIOL 105

Covers the causal interpretation of organic diversity and adaptation. Topics include inference of evolutionary change from the fossil record and from genomic and molecular patterns; microevolution and macroevolution; systematics and the species problem; and natural selection, drift, and other forces of evolution.

Key Information

Credit: 4 quarter units / 2.67 semester units credit
UC Riverside, Biology

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
Course Equivalence: UCD EVE 100 - Intro to Evolution

UC Irvine:
General Education: II - Science and Technology

UC Los Angeles:
Unit Credit (No GE Credit)

UC Merced:
Major Requirement: Evolution Requirement for Human Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Developmental Biology and Molecular & Cell Biology emphasis tracks. 
Not open for credit toward graduation to students who have completed BIO 141.

UC Riverside:
Major Requirement: Cell and Molecular Biology, Organismal Genetics, Zoology and Physiology, Ecology and Population Biology

UC San Diego:
General Education: Warren - May be counted depending on major/PofC, Transfer students may use for UD noncontiguous GE depending on major; TMC 1 course toward upper-division disciplinary breadth if noncontiguous to major;  ERC -meets one course of natural science requirement; 

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Cruz:
Course Equivalence: BIOE 109

Prerequisites

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 005C with a grade of 'C-' or better, BIOL 102, CHEM 008C and CHEM 08LC, or CHEM 08HC and CHEM 08HLC, MATH 007B or MATH 009B or MATH 09HB, PHYS 002C, PHYS 02LC, BCH 100 or BCH 110A, one course in statistics; or consent of instructor.

Course Fees

No fees per se, but it will cost about $60 to take the exams online via ProctorU, reached through ilearn.ucr.edu. You must create an account with them.

More About The Course

See the online introductory lecture, linked from "Relevant Website" below. This is a standard, one-quarter, upper-division course in evolutionary biology. No textbook is used. Readings from a variety of sources are posted on ilearn.ucr.edu and can be accessed by enrolled students. Discussion sections include inquiry-based exercises in which students gather and analyze original data relevant to evolutionary biology. Office hours are held online, through zoom.us. Students can also contact the instructor by email or phone.

Relevant Website

Course Creators

Theodore Garland
Theodore Garland is a Distinguished Professor of Biology at UC Riverside. The Research in Dr. Garland’s laboratory involves the evolution of complex phenotypes.  Through empirical, theoretical, and methodological studies, he has also been instrumental in developing the field of evolutionary physiology. Dr. Garland and his graduate students participate in the UCR Graduate Programs in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology; Genetics, Genomics & Bioinformatics; Neuroscience; and Biomedical Sciences. He serves as UCR co-Associate Director of NERE, the Network for Experimental Research on Evolution.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.  In addition, he has collaborated with scientists from many countries, including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain, and The United Kingdom.
 
Theodore Garland is a Distinguished Professor of Biology at UC Riverside. The Research in Dr. Garland’s laboratory involves the evolution of complex phenotypes.  Through empirical, theoretical, and methodological studies, he has also been instrumental in developing the field of evolutionary physiology. Dr. Garland and his graduate students participate in the UCR Graduate Programs in Evolution, ...

Theodore Garland is a Distinguished Professor of Biology at UC Riverside. The Research in Dr. Garland’s laboratory involves the evolution of complex phenotypes.  Through empirical, theoretical, and methodological studies, he has also been instrumental in developing the field of evolutionary physiology. Dr. Garland and his graduate students participate in the UCR Graduate Programs in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology; Genetics, Genomics & Bioinformatics; Neuroscience; and Biomedical Sciences. He serves as UCR co-Associate Director of NERE, the Network for Experimental Research on Evolution.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.  In addition, he has collaborated with scientists from many countries, including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain, and The United Kingdom.
 

Alan Brelsford

Alan Brelsford is a Biology professor at UCR, and an evolutionary geneticist broadly interested in hybridization, speciation, and the evolution of sex chromosomes and other supergenes. His research seeks to identify the regions of the genome responsible for evolutionarily important traits, and use variation at regions to study the history of these traits. Current study systems include the population genomics of social behavior in ants, color pattern in birds, sex determination in frogs, and reproductive barriers between related species in all three of these groups. Research in the Brelsford lab integrates field, lab, and computational methods.
Alan Brelsford is a Biology professor at UCR, and an evolutionary geneticist broadly interested in hybridization, speciation, and the evolution of sex chromosomes and other supergenes. His research seeks to identify the regions of the genome responsible for evolutionarily important traits, and use variation at regions to study the history of these traits. Current study systems include the ...


Alan Brelsford is a Biology professor at UCR, and an evolutionary geneticist broadly interested in hybridization, speciation, and the evolution of sex chromosomes and other supergenes. His research seeks to identify the regions of the genome responsible for evolutionarily important traits, and use variation at regions to study the history of these traits. Current study systems include the population genomics of social behavior in ants, color pattern in birds, sex determination in frogs, and reproductive barriers between related species in all three of these groups. Research in the Brelsford lab integrates field, lab, and computational methods.

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