Biology 214 – Genes, Ecology, and Evolution, Fall 2010 (sec 503)
TR 8:00 am – 9:15 am, HELD 105
Dr. Charles Criscione
Office: Butler 207
Email: use eLearning
Office hours: by appointment
Emily Kasl, Office hours: Wednesday 2-4 pm in Butler 309 or by appointment
Evolutionary Analysis, 4th Edition
, Freeman and Heron, 2007, ISBN-0132275848. The text is required. There may
be questions on exams from readings that will not be covered in class.
Completion of BIOL 111, 112, 123, 124 or equivalent are prerequisite to this course.
presented in BIOL 214 builds upon material presented in the prerequisites, with an emphasis on population genetics,
ecology, evolutionary processes, and evolutionary relationships.
Genes, Ecology, and Evolution is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on whole organism
biology and the interaction of organisms with the environment.
This course, along with Biol 213 (Cell and Molecular
Biology) is intended to serve as a bridge and prepare students for upper division courses in the biology.
There will be a total of four exams, three of which will be given during the regular class period and one of
which will be given during the final exam period.
Each exam (including the final) will cover material from lectures
subsequent to the previous exam (i.e., the final will not be comprehensive). Although exams are not cumulative, new
material builds upon previous material.
There will be 10 quizzes given on random days throughout the semester. They will be really easy, so if you are
in class you likely will get full credit for the quiz that day. The quizzes will be designed to spur you to think about the
topics covered in the class and to encourage you to attend class. Individuals who take all 10 quizzes will get a bonus of 20