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Course SummaryWork through Biology 301 to study the fundamentals of evolutionary biology. You can take the course to supplement your science textbooks, study for a test, expand your professional knowledge or simply learn more about evolutionary biology for fun.
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Biology 301: Evolutionary Biology is a self-paced course that's designed to help students, independent learners and professionals learn core concepts in the study of evolution. As you progress through the course, you'll become familiar with the earth's geologic history, as well as evolutionary evidence and mechanisms. The course also contains chapters on evolution, adaptation, speciation and macroevolution.
The course is self-paced and accessible on any device that has an Internet connection. In addition to the lesson content, the course comes with quizzes, chapter exams and a final assessment to help you solidify your understanding of evolutionary biology. We've also included an Ask the Expert feature that you can use if you have any questions.
|The History of Life on Earth||Describe early life; list geologic time periods; explain the impact of mass extinction on evolution; describe the process of adaptive radiation; discuss punctuated equilibrium and the data that supports this hypothesis.|
|Evolution of Humans||Analyze the data we currently have on hominid and primate lineages; explain how lineage data can be used to support hypotheses about human migration out of Africa and distinctive traits of our ancestors.|
|Evidence for Evolution||Define evolution; describe examples of micro and macroevolutionary patterns in life's history; explain how the age of the earth supports the idea of descent with modification; interpret evolutionary relationships using phylogenetic/evolutionary trees.|
|Evolutionary Mechanisms||Describe the uses of the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium equation, solve problems with the equation and manipulate the equation to account for the occurrence of evolutionary mechanisms; predict the effects of each mechanism on the allele frequencies of a population.|
|Evidence for Adaptation||Describe the effects of sexual selection on males and females in a population; explain the fitness benefits of social interactions, as well as the trade-offs associated with life history characteristics.|
|Speciation & Macroevolution||Describe different species concepts; explain how speciation can occur and then how species are maintained via post-zygotic or pre-zygotic barriers; summarize the process of hybridization and the fitness of hybrids.|
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