BIO 301C Biology for Citizens (K. Kalthoff)

Syllabus Fall 2010


DATES

TOPICS

ASSIGNED READINGS*

26 Aug Course Organization/The Scientific Method [1]  
31 Who is Who Among the Primates? [2] De Waal (1995)
02 Sep Diversity and Unity of Life [3]  
07 Human Evolution I: Bipedalism and Stone Tools [4] Tattersall (2004)
09 Human Evolution II: Brain, Language, and Agriculture [5]  
14 Germs, Colonialism, and Darwinian Medicine [6] Levy (1998)
16 Exam 1  
21 What Is Life? [7] Davies (2007)
23 Flow of Genetic Information: DNA, RNA, and Protein [8]  
28 Genetic Analysis of Peas and Humans [9 ]  
30 What Twins Can Tell Us About Nature and Nurture [10] Plomin and DeFries (1998)
05 Oct The Human Genome Project [11]  
07 Cloning and Stem Cells [12] Hochedlinger (2010)
12 Human Gene Therapy [13] Sweeney (2004)
14 Exam 2  
19 Sex Determination and Sex Differentiation [14]  
21 How Male and Female Brains Become Different [15] Kimura (1992)
26 Principles of Animal Behavior [16]  
28 The Gene Propagation Game [17] Packer and Pusey (1997)
02 Nov Does Biology Drive Human Behavior [18]  
04 Aggression, Cooperation, and Kindness [19] Sigmund et al. (2002)
09 World Population Growth [20] Potts (2000)
11 Exam 3  
16 Earth's Carrying Capacity [21] Gleick (2001)
18 Environmental Degradation [22]  
23 Energy Production and Conservation [23] Socolow and Pacala (2006)
25 Thanksgiving Holiday  
30 Endocrine Disruptors [24]  
02 Dec Species Extinction and Synopsis [25], Course Evaluation  
13 Final Exam (Mo, 2-5 pm)  

* Assigned readings are available as pdf files through the author (year) links in this column.


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