BIOL 312


5 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course covers the science of evolutionary biology, including population genetics, microevolution, speciation, phylogenetics and macroevolution. The content and methods of modern research in evolutionary biology are emphasized; student read primary source scientific literature. Lab activities include field investigations, lab experiments, and computer modeling. Intended for biology, environmental science and life sciences teaching majors.

Special information

First day attendance is mandatory.Note: Enrollment limited to Biology, Environmental Science and Life Science Teaching majors only, except by instructor permission.

Learning outcomes


  • Apply this experience with research methods in evolutionary biology at the level necessary for success in senior undergraduate research.
  • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills and competency with algebra and statistics at a level appropriate for graduates of a bachelor's degree program in biology.
  • Design, propose, conduct, interpret, and present the results of an independent laboratory or field experiment in this subject area.
  • Explain and apply scientific knowledge in evolutionary biology, both theoretical and experimental, at the upper division level.
  • Read and interpret primary scientific literature in evolutionary biology.
  • Recall, explain and apply the concepts, knowledge and vocabulary of evolutionary biology at the level necessary for success in graduate study in this field.