2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description


Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Karen Hogan ecology, plant biology

Fields of Study: biology and ecology

Winter: CRN (Credit) Level 20305 (12)  

Spring: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 30257 (12)  

Credits: 12(W); 12(S)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior

Offered During: Evening and Weekend


This program considers both the process of evolution and the biodiversity that results from evolution.  In winter quarter we’ll focus on the fundamentals of evolution by natural selection.  We’ll discuss the history of evolutionary thought from classical typological thinking to modern concepts, including the fundamentals of Mendelian and molecular genetics.  We’ll consider the social context in which evolutionary thought developed, with particular attention to the life and work of Charles Darwin.

Evolution has produced millions of species and a great diversity of life forms and physiologies.  In spring quarter we will study the evolutionary adaptations and phylogenetic relationships of major groups of organisms and discuss the methods by which these relationships are elucidated, including both morphology and genetics. We’ll investigate how organisms have responded adaptively to natural selection by the physical circumstances of life on Earth, from single-celled aquatic organisms to large terrestrial organisms.

Students will be expected to approach the topics rigorously from a scientific perspective. 

Maximum Enrollment: 25

Advertised Schedule: 6-9:50pm Mon/Wed, 9am-4:50pm Sat (winter: Jan. 8, 22, Feb. 5, 19, Mar. 5; spring Apr. 2, 16, 30, May 14, 28)

Upper Division Science Credit: Some upper division credit may be awarded for upper division work by arrangement with the faculty at the beginning of the quarter.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

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