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Summer Courses offered in 2020
 
BIO 114: Dinosaur Paleontology
COURSE DESCRIPTION
A study of paleontology that includes evolution of dinosaurs, their classification system, a study of the important dinosaur families, dinosaur behavior, ecology, current controversies, hot topics and the KT extinction. Dinosaur paleontology will also cover the excavation of dinosaurs and the colorful history of the 'dinosaur hunters.' This course will emphasize the science and research involved in studying dinosaurs. Using dinosaurs as a vehicle, students will be exposed to the scientific method of inquiry and will leave this course with a better understanding on how to evaluate science in the real world. Not for Biology major credit.

Advisory prerequisite: Entry level biology
DEC: E
SBC: SNW
Credits: 4
 
Bio 201: Organisms to Ecosystems
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is an introduction to the major concepts in evolution, ecology, and biodiversity at the genetic, organismal, community, and ecosystem levels. Topics are presented in relation to five overall themes: Nature and Process of Science, Evolution, Information Flow, Systems, and Structure-Function. Our goal is to give you a strong foundation in the principles you need to understand and solve problems in the areas of organismal, ecological, and evolutionary biology. Whether your career goal is medicine, basic research, clinical research, or teaching; a sound, rigorous understanding of these basic principles is crucial.

Taught online in summer: ATTENDANCE ON CAMPUS FOR MID TERM AND FINAL EXAM REQUIRED
DEC: E
SBC: SNW

BIO 211 Statistics and Data Analysis: A Conceptual Approach
COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is an introduction to probability and data analysis emphasizing the nature of science, statistical literacy, thinking, and reasoning. While focused on statistical concepts such as probability and distributions, examples and applications are based on competencies relevant to biological data and interpretations in light of biological models. The course applies active learning, with both lectures and recitation periods built around student engagement and hands-on activities. These include, but are not limited to, discussing the primary literature and plotting, analyzing, and interpreting published and simulated data.

Credits: 4
 
Bio 321 Ecological Genetics
COURSE DESCRIPTION
A course on basic genetic and population genetics for biology and allied majors. The course is principally designed for students planning careers in ecology, conservation, and evolutionary biology and related fields. Basic model-based and molecular genetics is covered, as well as introductory population and metapopulation genetics. Elementary statistical applications associated with these areas are also covered.

Bio 201 is a prerequisite.
Taught online in summer: ATTENDANCE ON CAMPUS FOR MID TERM AND FINAL EXAM REQUIRED

Bio 354: Evolution
COURSE DESCRIPTION
A detailed discussion of the mechanisms of evolution, including natural selection, genetic drift, gene flow, and mutation. With a focus on the ways in which genetic changes in populations lead to adaptation, speciation, and historical patterns of evolutionary change.
 
Course prerequisites include BIO 201 and 202 (or permission of the instructor).
BIO 320 is an advisory pre/co-requisite.