514--Population Genetics (3 cr)

Prerequisites: BIOL 280 or BIOL/BIOCHEM/ANSCI 311, plus Math 127 or 128 or Statistics 111 or 240 or ResEcon 211 or 212.

This course focuses on the processes affecting the distribution of genetic variation in populations of organisms, through space and time. The processes studied are the ones that operate during evolutionary change. Topics covered will include the Hardy-Weinberg principle, gene flow, genetic drift, recombination and linkage disequilibrium, natural selection, the effect of mating systems on diversity, and the neutral theory of evolution. Examples illustrating key concepts will be drawn from various kingdoms of life. The course will consist of lectures and occasional in class discussion.

This course satisfies half of the Integrative Experience Requirement for Biology majors.

Offered Spring Semesters Only.  Will be offered Spring 2024. Will NOT be offered Spring 2025

Biology Core Requirement Area: 
Genetics and Molecular Biology
Evolution and Biodiversity
Plant requirement: 
Lab Requirement: 
General Education Requirement: