White Sands

…Courses - at the University of Idaho


Biol 504/404 Molecular Evolution
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of instructor
offered fall semester odd years

This graduate course in Molecular Evolution will focus on a) understanding evolutionary processes acting at the molecular level and b) utilizing molecular patterns to reconstruct the evolutionary history of genes, genomes, populations, and species. We will discuss both theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of molecular evolution. We will first focus on the microevolutionary processes involved in shaping genetic variation. We then evaluate the macroevolutionary patterns generated by these processes by studying the variation and complexity of genomes. Throughout the course we will highlight current advances and controversies in the field and discuss practical applications to research of using molecular patterns to decipher the signature of evolutionary processes.


Biol 213 Structure and Function
Prerequisites: Biol 115 and Biol 116
offered spring semester every year

In BIO 115, the fundamental concepts of life were studied at the cellular level. BIO 116 surveyed the appearance of different organisms and how their body plans evolved over time. In BIO 213 we are going to build on your knowledge from these courses and examine some of the anatomical and physiological similarities/differences that exist across the tree of life. You may (or may not) have previously considered that organisms often faced similar challenges as they were presented with different environments during different geological time periods. In order to survive, these organisms evolved anatomical and physiological adaptations that allowed them to overcome these challenges. We will discuss similarities and also the diversity among the many adaptations found in different organisms.

spacer image