Evolutionary Biology Laboratory

Evolutionary Biology Laboratory
Hands-on applications and analytical tools of evolutionary biology; emphasizing inference methodology and evidence complementing the theoretical constructs introduced in Bio 520, including comparative anatomy, phylogenetic inference, population genetics, species concepts, and human evolution.
 Hours1.0 Credit, 0.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesMMBIO 240
 NoteConcurrent enrollment with Bio 420 is strongly recommended.
 TaughtFall, Winter, Spring
 ProgramsContaining BIO 421
Course Outcomes

Basic Principles

Students will gain a better understanding of the basic principles of evolution within a population including selection, drift, and founder effects by using computer simulations.

Faith and Evolution

Students will have a deeper understanding of the LDS position on evolution.

Patterns of Evolution

Students will learn the details of phylogenetic reconstruction, tree searching, DNA sequence alignment, and other bioinformatics tools for deciphering patterns of evolution.

Species Concepts

Students will learn the details of species concepts and the criteria used for identifying and diagnosing species.

Hands-on Experience

Students will gain hands-on experience with hominid fossils and gain an understanding of the evidence that elucidates the biological history of humans.