Evolutionary Biology

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Evolutionary Biology

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Wildlife Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    Evolution is the fundamental process that underlies all biological systems. Understanding the processes of
    micro and macroevolutionary change is essential to any working biologist, and have generated great popular
    interest and controversy over the centuries. This module will provide an introduction to evolutionary biology,
    patterns, processes and scientific background by use of real research examples (evolutionary ecology,
    palaeontology, systematics). A context to the study of evolution, from Darwin to Dawkins is also presented.
    Since evolution occurs only as a result of genetic change, the understanding of gene flow in populations is
    also central to the evolutionary process. The effect of selection, mutation and population size on population
    genetic structure will be examined. Morphological selection and adaptation, homology and homoplasy, cladistics
    and phenetics, phylogeny reconstruction amongst higher taxa, tree shape and the influence of developmental
    biology on our understanding of evolutionary mechanisms are also covered in this module.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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