Evolution, Mutation, and Computation

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students


Spring 2020

Taught By: Davida Smyth

Section: A

CRN: 7359

Credits: 4

This course will examine the basic concepts and principles of evolutionary theory, the theory that underpins all fields of biology. Though evolution is often the subject of controversy, the theory is bolstered by evidence coming from many distinct fields of science and research. Topics will include natural selection, genetic drift and shift, species and speciation, micro and macroevolution, and evolutionary issues in modern society. Students will solidify their understanding of evolution and explore their own questions about the theory using three kinds of experimentation: bacterial adaptation to antimicrobials; Avida ed simulations using digital life forms; and modeling and computational investigations using NetLogo. Student learning will be assessed using case studies, primary literature discussions, quizzes, laboratory write-ups, team projects, and in-class exams. This course satisfies the intermediate course requirement for the Interdisciplinary Science major Prerequisite: Microbial Ecologies or Genes, Environment, and Behavior.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Natural Sciences & Mathematics (LSTS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Waitlist*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:12am 12/6/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 618

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/11/2020