Course description

This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

Patterns of diversity and processes of evolution. Topics include the diversity of life, the fossil record, macroevolutionary patterns, the genetics and developmental basis of evolutionary change, processes at the population level, evolution by natural selection, modes of speciation, long-term trends in evolution, and human evolution.

Outcome 1: Students will understand the underlying causal principles of evolutionary diversification.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to apply these principles to understand historical and contemporary evolutionary scenarios.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to identify core taxa in the tree of life, their characteristics, and understand the relationships among them.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to use basic conceptual and analytical tools to describe complex relationships within the tree of life.

Outcome 5: Students will be familiar with a number of experimental and synthetic approaches to analyzing and discovering evolutionary processes (microevolution) and establishing evolutionary patterns (macroevolution).

Outcome 6: Students will discuss knowledgeably the dimensions of evolutionary issues that require decisions in our society.

Successful completion of BioSM 1780 fulfills an introductory life sciences/biology requirement for CALS, Cornell's biology major, and other Cornell majors.


Limited to 24 students who are either, a) matriculated students at Cornell, UNH or any 4-year college or university; or b) incoming freshmen who will arrive at Cornell or UNH Fall term. Offered in Maine at Shoals Marine Laboratory, Appledore Island


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Previously offered classes

The BIOSM 1780 801-FLD section of this course has been canceled.

Summer 2020: Online course

Section ID:BIOSM 1780 802-FLD
Class dates:July 20-August 14, 2020
Due date:Friday August 14, 11 AM - 1 PM / Other, Off-Campus (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 11 AM - 1 PM / Other, Off-Campus
Mode of instruction:Synchronous distance learning
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Allmon, W. (wda1)
Factor, J. (jrf15)
Max. enroll:20
Notes:Plan to spend about 2 hrs of instruction per day on average, Mon-Fri, unless otherwise specified. You may view recorded materials any time. You may also be required to meet in groups at set times.
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To enroll:Enrollment for this class is closed.