Advanced study of theory and methods of, reconstructing hypotheses of evolutionary history., Modern phylogenetics relies heavily on models of, molecular evolution, thus the course includes a, foundation of molecular evolutionary theory. We, discuss applications of phylogenies including, analyses of gene family evolution, the emergence, of infectious disease, biogeography, and, coevolution. The lab centers on computational, analyses.
Students will explore the role of science and, scientific knowledge in a democratic society., Through readings, discussion, reflective writing,, and experiences in the field, students will:, identify factors that influence who chooses to, study science in school and/or pursue a career in, science and who does not, explore factors that, influence who succeeds in science majors and, careers, review a range of models for science, teaching designed to meet the needs of a diverse, population, and consider the role that an, understanding of science plays in the maintenance, of a democratic society.
Introduction to problems and fields of philosophy, through the study of major philosophers' works and, other philosophical texts. Specific content varies, with instructor.