Evolutionary Biology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Evolutionary Biology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Life Sciences, Zoology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BIOL 112 and CELS 191

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Evolutionary theory and mechanism; systematics and phylogenetics; the evolutionary record; evolutionary ecology and behavioural ecology; evolution of human social behaviour.

    This paper is essential for students majoring in Zoology, but is also of importance to Genetics and Ecology majors and indeed anyone wanting to understand biology in an evolutionary context.

    Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete the paper will develop

    • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of evolution
    • Knowledge of the investigative tools and data used in investigating pattern and process in evolutionary biology

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