Cameron University

Department of Biological Sciences

Evolution: BIOL-3044    Fall 2004


              Meeting times:        TR         9:00-10:45       SC-101           

<>                                                                                        Lab:         R      2:00-4:50         SC-128                                   
                                                                                                      4 Credit hours


Instructor:      Dr. Michael T. Dunn

Office:   Science Complex-138D

Phone:    581-2287


Office Hours:  11:00 - 12:00 M-F or by appointment.


Take Attendance:



Required Text:              Freeman, S. and J. C. Herron. 2004.  Evolutionary Analysis, Pearson Prentice Hall: 3rd ed.



Lab Manual:                             Handouts:




Course Description:      This is an upper division course for biology majors that includes lecture and laboratory components.  The course is designed to provide the evolutionary background necessary for Biology Majors to understand Biology as a whole discipline and to prepare you for a more in depth understanding of evolution as it relates to your chosen sub-discipline.




Course Objectives:       The goal of this course is to explain, at Biology Majors level, the concept of organic evolution.  Evolution is the unifying concept of Biology and therefore you cannot understand Biology without understanding the modes and tempo of evolution. 


Grading:                                   Exams: Three mid-term exams, 100 points each.  Comprehensive final exam, 200 points.  Exams are a combination of multiple choice, matching, short answer, and essay from material covered in lecture and lab.


Exams are held in SC128 during lab time so you have plenty of time, and there will be a lab practical component set up around the room.


Lecture quizzes: 5 X 10 = 50 points. 


Announced quizzes will be given during lecture time to give students examples of the types of questions that can be expected on the exams.  And it forces you to study as you go, and not wait until the night before the test.



Review paper: 100 Points. Each student will write scientific paper on an approved topic related to Evolution. Each student will then provide an anonymous peer review of a classmates paper.  We will discuss this in greater detail in lab.


Paper = 100 points; Peer review = 50 points.


Presentation: 50 Points. Each student will give a five minute presentation summarizing their paper.  Any common media can be used (i.e. PowerPoint, Slides, Overheads).


Additional exercises: 50 points


800 points total:           


Grading scale:

90% - 100%     =         A

80% - 89%       =         B

70% - 79%       =         C

60% - 69%       =         D

0%   - 59%       =         F




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Do not come to see me and ask what your grade is!!


It is your responsibility to keep track of your own progress.



Policies:                                    Attendance will not be taken after the first day of class.  You are adults who can manage your own time.  However, it must be stated up front that experience has shown that for the vast majority of students, success in the classroom is directly correlated to attendance.  Therefore you are STRONGLY encouraged to attend every class.


Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated and will be punished following Cameron University policy (sections 4.08 and 4.09 of the Student Code of Conduct).


Make-up Exams will be given with a valid excuse.  However, you must contact me within 24 hours after the missed exam to arrange a time.  


Labs cannot be made up.


Safety Regulations:


1) No food or drink in the lab

2) No guests in the classroom

3) No electronic devices in the classroom



Course Schedule




Lecture (Reading assignment)




T-24 Aug


1) Introduction




R-26 Aug


2) Evidence; Geologic Time: Ch. 2


No Lab


T-31 Aug


3) Pre-Darwin-Darwin Modern Synthesis: Ch. 3




R-2 Sept


4) Pre-Darwin-Darwin Modern Synthesis: Ch. 3


1) Dating Geologic Time


T-7 Sept


5)Mutation and genetic variation: Ch 4




R-9 Sept


6)Mutation and genetic variation: Ch 4


2) Mutation


T-14 Sept


7) Selection and Mutation: Ch. 5




R-16 Sept


8) Selection and Mutation: Ch. 5


3) Hardy-Weinberg, Mating


T-21 Sept


9) Migration, Drift, Mating: Ch. 6




R-23 Sept




Test I


T-28 Sept


10) Linkage: Ch. 7




R-30 Sept


11) Linkage: Ch. 7


4) No Lab


T-5 Oct


12) Pop Gen: Ch. 8




R-7 Oct


13) Adaptation: Ch. 9


5) Adaptation


T-12 Oct


14) Sexual Selection: Ch. 10




R-14 Oct


15) Sexual Selection: Ch. 10


6) Selection


T-19 Oct


16) Kin Selection: Ch. 11




R-21 Oct


Fall Break: No Class            


T-26 Oct


17) Kin Selection: Ch. 11




R-28 Oct




Test II


T-2 Nov


18)Life Histories: Ch. 12


Papers Due


R-4 Nov


19) Speciation: Ch. 15


7) Speciation


T-9 Nov


20)Evolutionary Trees: Ch. 14




R-11 Nov


21)Life on Earth: Ch. 16, 17


8) Fossils


T-16 Nov


22) Human Evolution: Ch. 19


Reviews Due


R-18 Nov




Test III


T-23 Nov


23) Development and Evolution: Ch: 18




R-25 Nov


Thanksgiving: No Class    


T-30 Nov


24) Development and Evolution: Ch: 18




R-2 Dec


25) Molecular Evolution: Assigned Reading


10) Presentations


T-7 Dec


26) Human Health: Ch. 13




R-9 Dec






F-17 Dec


Final 8:00-10:00