Syllabus: BIOLOGY 4250 -- Evolution

Fall Semester 2014 -- 1:40 - 2:55 p.m., MW, Peep. 155.

Dr. James K. Adams -- 148 Sequoya Hall                Office Hours: 9:15 - 11:55 a.m. M; 8:00 - 10:40
Office: (706) 272-4427     Home: (706) 602-6993       a.m. T; 9:15 - 10:40 W; 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. MW;
E-mail:
jadams@daltonstate.edu                                   1:40 - 4:00 p.m. Th; 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Faculty website: www.daltonstate.edu/faculty-staff/jadams/            some Fridays or by appointment

Textbook: Evolutionary Analysis (4th Edition), by Freeman and Herron

Week                              Topics                                                  Chapter, Pages       
Aug. 11 - 14          Introduction to Course                                (please read page 1)
                             
The Pattern of Evolution                           1 (overview), 2 (37 - 65)      

                                                                                
Aug. 18 - 21          Darwinian Natural Selection                                 3 (74 - 96)            
                                        and the Modern Synthesis (with genetics)
                                 
Aug. 25 - 28          Estimating Evolutionary Trees                               4 (overview)
                              Begin Mutation and Genetic Variation                   5
                                 
                           ***Labor Day Holiday, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014***  

Sept. 2 - 4       
      Mutation and Genetic Variation                             5 (143 - 166)
                                        new genes, new alleles, chromosomal alterations                       
          

Sept. 8 - 11     ***EXAM 1, Chaps. (1) 2 - 5; Monday, Sept. 9, 2014***  
                              Mendelian Genetics                                     
                                         Selection, Mutation                                     6

Sept. 15 - 18         Mendelian Genetics in Populations: Hardy-Weinberg 
                                        Migration, Drift, Non random mating           7  
                              Evolution with Multiple loci                                   8 (281 - 302)                

Sept. 22 - 25         Evolution with Multiple loci: Quant. Genetics          9                                                      

Sep. 29 - Oct. 2     ***EXAM 2, Chaps. 6 - 9; Monday, Sept. 29, 2014***  
                              Adaptation:  Form and Function                          10
                        
Oct. 6 - 9              Adaptation (continued)                                          10
                              Adaptive significance of sex                                   8 (302 - 312)  
                              Sexual Selection                                                  11

                     ***Fall Break, Monday, Oct. 13 - Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014***
                       
      

Oct. 15 - 16           Kin Selection & Social Behavior                           12

Oct. 20 - 23           Kin Selection & Social Behavior (continued)         12 
                              Begin Aging and Life History Characteristics          13  
                                  
Oct. 27 - 30           
Aging and Life History Characteristics:                 13
                                            Fecundity, Lifespan, etc. in evolution
                               Begin Mechanisms of Specieation                        16

Nov. 3 - 6       ***EXAM 3, Chaps. 10 - 13; Monday, Nov. 3, 2014***     
                               Mechanisms of Speciation                                  16 

Nov. 10 - 13           The Origins of Life                                              17 (639 - 659)
                               Precambrian Evolution                                        17 (659 - 680) 
                              

Nov. 17 - 20           The Cambrian Explosion and beyond                  18                                           

Nov. 24           ***EXAM 4, Chaps. 16 - 18 (4), Monday, Nov. 24, 2014***
                       
                       ***Thanksgiving Day Holiday, Nov. 26 - 28, 2014***

Dec. 1                       Human Evolution/Molecular Evolution           14-15/19-20 
                                            (whatever we have time for)

                       FINAL: Monday, December 8, 2014, 1:00 -- 3:00 p.m.

Withdrawal date is Monday, October 21, 2014.