Foundations of Evolutionary Science [Full]
Andrew J. Petto, Senior Lecturer
- Course: BIO SCI 194, SEM 002
- Class Number: 26399
- Credits: 3 NS
- Time: WF 12:30 – 1:45 PM
- Place: TBA
Evolution is the foundation of all the life sciences; there is no aspect of biology that is not rooted in evolution, and there is no aspect of biology that does not reflect an evolutionary pattern of common descent. In this course, students will explore modern perspectives on evolutionary science and the ways in which recent scientific discoveries have confirmed, enhanced, and extended the original model of “descent with modification” proposed by Charles Darwin over 150 years ago.
Students will build models, make formal presentations of selected readings, complete case studies collaboratively, and engage in dialogs about the current and historic patterns in the diversity of life on earth. Coursework includes preparing formal presentations for the class, participating in dialogs and discussions, completing on-line assignments, resolutions of case studies, and one formal research assignment. A significant part of the grade will be based on the successful application of basic oral and written communications skills.
About the Instructor:
Andrew Petto's professionals interests have evolved to the question of scientific literacy and science education. The main goal is to promote the understanding of the nature and process of scientific inquiry as a context for all the factual information that scientific research generates. My research in science education has focused on understanding how science teachers are motivated to continue their own education and to introduce new ideas, activities, and interests to the students in their classrooms. I have also worked to understand how students learn science, and in particular how they come to understand the evolutionary theory that is at the foundation of modern biology.