BIO 580 General Evolution (Graduate)

This is a graduate level Evolution class, offered in Online format. Evolution forms the foundation of our understanding of all life forms, and is critical to diverse fields of research, from medicine to conservation biology. In this course, we will cover the critical waypoints in the development of the field of Evolutionary Biology, establish understanding of the central patterns (observed outcomes) and mechanisms (processes) of evolution, and explore how evolutionary understanding is important across diverse disciplines and different sectors of society (agriculture, medicine, conservation, etc.). Central objectives are to:

  1. Obtain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of evolution, and factors generating and maintaining genetic variation and biological diversity in the course of evolution. 
  2. Be able to describe examples of the approaches that scientists use to study biological evolution. 
  3. Be able to describe the impact and importance of evolutionary thinking to different domains of research and aspects of society (agriculture, medicine, machine learning, etc.). 
  4. Increase skills in scientific communication through discussions, writing assignments, reading primary (research) literature, and a presentation on a research paper / topic in evolutionary biology that is of particular importance to you.

Related Offerings:
BIO 508 General Immunology (Winter/Spring 2024)
BIO 554 Animal Behavior (Winter/Spring 2025)
BIO 580 General Evolution (Fall 2024)
BIO 581 Genome Science (Fall 2023)
BIO 633 Advanced Pathophysiology (Summer 2024)
BIO 691 Special Topics: Anatomical Dissection (Summer I 2025) – In person course

Indiana State University

Semester: Full Fall 2024

Instructor: Dr. Andrea Grunst

Credit Hours: 3 Graduate

Dates: 8/20/24 – 12/13/24

Location: Online

Teacher Level: Grade 9-12

Graduate Certificate Available: No

Master’s Completion Option: Yes

BIOL 580 Syllabus

Master of Science in Biology

Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction