This course discusses the development of the theory of evolution based on the amassed evidence from the geological and biological sciences over the past 200 years. Darwin’s idea that natural selection was the driving force behind evolution is considered in detail. Early rival theories to Darwin’s ideas are discussed as part of the process leading to the modern theory. The integration into the theory of genetics and molecular biology has led to a much deeper understanding of how organisms are related. The role of chance factors is also considered. Application of evolution theory to problems in economic biology and modern medicine and epidemiology I also be discussed. Finally, current controversies regarding Intelligent Design is addressed and put into a historical context.
Prerequisites: Completion of first year writing requirements. Co-requisites: None. Notes: Satisfies a HuSS Elective.