Oct 23, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIO 250. Quantitative Ecology and Evolution

The relationship among evolution, ecology and the environment are woven together using current research from primary literature. Students will use an interactive e-text application to explore the changing natural world through modeling and simulation in a discovery-based classroom environment. Evolution is explored in many relevant contexts, including artificial and natural selection of GMOs, antibiotic resistance and biodiversity. In a module covering the evolution of decision making, students will learn quantitative approaches to game theory, optimal foraging and sexual selection. An understanding of population ecology and evolution is gained as students manipulate models to understand competition and predator-prey dynamics with real case studies of both microbes and endangered species. Climate change is discussed through the use of mathematical models and current and historical data. Labs will include experimental design and both statistical and quantitative analyses in laboratory and field settings, with an emphasis on oral and written professional communication. Prerequisite: Grade of "C-" or better in BIO 150 , GEOL 110 , GEOG 210  or ISAT 112 .