Related Courses


ANT 1230. Biological Anthropology. (3).F;S.
Introduction to the study of humans as biological organisms, including biological diversity, evolutionary relationships to other organisms, and origins. Students are provided with an understanding of biological evolution and its mechanisms (natural selection and heredity), the classification and behavior of the living and fossil primates, and an examination of the evolutionary history of Homo sapiens.

ANT 2335. World Prehistory (3).S.
A comparative study of human biological and cultural evolution from the emergence of the genus Homo through early civilization. The course emphasizes Old World cultures.

ANT 2435. Stone Age Stereotypes (3).F.
Addresses stereotypes about human prehistory ("cave people") as portrayed in art, literature, and especially television and film. Reviews scientific evidence of human physical and cultural evolution in Europe and the Middle East between 1,000,000 and 10,000 years ago. Involves viewing and critically evaluating various media portrayals which provide and reinforce popular interpretations of human prehistory and evolution.

ANT 3220. Human Biological Variation (3).F.
This course provides a survey of theoretical frameworks in biological anthropology, beginning with an examination of the history and development of evolutionary theory, the modern synthesis, and the "New Physical Anthropology." Feminist critiques, objections to the
adaptationist program, and the development of biocultural approaches to human biology will be examined and applied to the study of patterns and processes in human evolution. Issues to be addressed in this course include the evolution of primate life histories, the origin of modern human biological variation, human reproduction, and evolutionary medicine.

ANT 4320. Human Evolution (3).S.
This course is a comprehensive survey of hominin evolution. The archaeological and fossil record from the past 8 million years will be examined in detail, including paleoclimate research or, "stones and bones." In addition to covering the evidence for evolution, students will develop critical thinking skills about research paradigms, design, methodology, and interpretive frameworks. Lab exercises will allow students to examine fossil casts using a systems approach that considers structural-functional relationships, competing pressures in evolution, and even misapplication of evolutionary theory. After participating in this course, students will have learned basic human evolutionary anatomy and will also be familiar with key theoretical issues and debates in paleoanthropology.


BIO 1101. Introduction to Life Sciences I (4).F;S.
First course in a two semester sequence. An examination of the principles of life with a focus on the chemistry of living organisms, cell structure and function, genetics, and evolutionary processes.

BIO 2000. Introduction to Botany (4).F;S.
Survey of the major topics in plant biology including physiology, morphology, ecology, evolution, aspects of plant diversity and water relations in plants.

BIO 2001. Introduction to Zoology (4).F;S.
Integrated and phylogenetic study of the animal kingdom. The basic biological problems facing animals will be considered in the context of morphology and evolutionary history.

BIO 2700. Human Genetics (3).F;S.
This course examines the principles of genetics from a human perspective. The history of genetic thought will be discussed, as well as pedigree analysis, genetics of human disease, human population genetics, and selected topics on the Human Genome project, behavior and multifactorial traits.

BIO 3302. Ecology (4).F;S.
A study of the interaction of organisms with their environment. Principles discussed will include natural selection and adaptation, population growth and regulation, interspecific interactions, including competition, predation, parasite-host relationships and mutualism, the structure and function of communities and ecosystems, geographical ecology, and human impacts on the biosphere.

BIO 3304. Systematic Botany (3).F.
The general principles of the taxonomy of the vascular plants utilizing elements of the local flora as laboratory material in the consideration of identification, nomenclature, classification, and evolutionary mechanism.

BIO 3306. Genetics (3).F;S.
This course will cover aspects of transmission genetics, cytogenetics, molecular genetics and the importance of genetics to an understanding of evolution and population dynamics. The genetics of viruses, prokaryotes, and eukaryotes will be studied.

BIO 3308. Microbiology (4).F;S.
Introduction to the biology of microorganisms, including phylogeny and diversity, growth, metabolism, and genetics. A main objective is to gain appreciation and understanding of diversity and ubiquity of microorganisms. The course also considers the role of microorganisms in human's lives, from ways in which they have shaped our environment to direct microbe-human interactions. The laboratory introduces basic techniques of pure culture work, enrichments and isolation, and experimentation with microorganisms.

BIO 3314. Comparative Vertebrate Zoology (4).S.
The origin, evolution, anatomy, physiology, taxonomy, and natural history of the vertebrates.

BIO 3436. Introduction to Evolutionary Biology (3).F;S.
An introduction to the study of evolution including a summary of the stratigraphic record, an historical summary of the earth and its major floral and faunal groups, a review of major contributions to evolutionary theory, and a summary of the factors thought to cause evolutionary change.

BIO 3800. Molecular Biology (4).F;S.
A study of the basic molecular processes and critical recombinant DNA technologies. This includes: structure and general features of the biological information molecules DNA, RNA and proteins; DNA replication and repair processes; RNA synthesis and processing; protein synthesis and regulations; and basic recombinant DNA technology. The laboratory will include: DNA isolation techniques; restriction analysis; construction of a recombinant DNA molecule and transformation of a bacterial system; DNA-DNA hybridization; in vitro translation and gel analysis of a protein; DNA amplification using PCR; and DNA sequencing and analysis.

BIO 4569. Invertebrate Zoology (4).F.
Students will be introduced to the 34 extant major and minor invertebrate phyla which make up 99% of the Earth's named animal species and virtually 100% of those animals yet undiscovered. The intriguing natural history, symmetry and development, mode of
locomotion, nutrition, reproduction, and primary environments of the invertebrates will be discussed. Labs will emphasize invertebrate habitats, field collection, phylogenetic relationships as well as ecological and physiological adaptations and examination of major morphological characteristics.

BIO 4571. Plant-Insect Interactions in Terrestrial Ecosystems (4).F. Alternate years.
A study of the associations between insects and plants, using lecture, class discussions and laboratory exercises. Lecture topics include constraints imposed by plants on herbivorous insects and the strategies insects use to overcome them, pollination biology and ecology and the interplay between biotic and abiotic factors in determining interactions. Laboratory exercises are field-based mini-experiments leading to the development of an individual project with experimentation and paper presentation.

BIO 4601. Animal Behavior-Ethology (3).S.
Basic principles of animal behavior are approached from an evolutionary perspective. Topics such as instinct, learning, biological clocks, sociobiology, communication and physiological mechanisms of behavior are stressed. Laboratory emphasizes techniques of observing, recording, and analyzing behavior using a research project format.

There are also numerous other courses, such as mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology, mycology, and so on that offer evolutionary perspectives on the diversity of organisms studied.

Geography and Planning

GHY 3130. Geography of Biodiversity (3).S.
The study of past and present geographic patterns of biodiversity. The course focuses on the living environment, emphasizing the physical and ecological conditions and processes that influence the distributions of organisms, communities, and ecosystems. Topics include past climates and continental configurations, dispersal and invasion, patterns of speciation and extinction, biodiversity, and application of biogeographic concepts of environmental conservation.


GLY 1102. Introduction to Historical Geology (4).S.
A study of the historical and biological aspects of the science of Geology -- tectonic models for understanding earth structure and lithospheric history, the physical and paleontological bases for understanding geologic time and dating rocks, biological principles relating to the evolution of organisms revealed in the fossil record, facts and theories of biological evolution, survey of the evolution of organisms through time, the geologic history of North America, and discussion of the scientific aspects of the scientific-religious controversy of Evolution vs. Creationism.

GLY 1510. Geological Science Honors–Physical (4). On Demand.
The origin, composition, and modification of the Earth and Earth materials through geologic time. Physical and chemical principles are used to evaluate Earth processes.

GLY 1511. Geological Science Honors–Historical (4). On Demand.
Geochronology, based on biological and physical principles, and the biological principle of evolution and genetics are used in conjunction with geologic principles to evaluate Earth history and the history of life.

GLY 2250. Evolution of the Earth (4).F.
This course consists of the integrated study of the physicochemical and biological systems of the earth and their evolution over time, including investigation of the persistent linkage of geologic and biologic systems over earth's history. This course provides a basis for understanding the stratigraphic, geochemical, geophysical, and paleontological data utilized to reconstruct earth history, including a survey of the 4.5 billion years of earth system history, with special emphasis on the tectonic history of North America as observed in the Appalachian Mountains. The course also provides a survey of the evolution of life over earth history and an introduction to the paleontological principles utilized in understanding the fossil record of evolution. Introduction to advanced methods of rock and mineral identification and classification.

As always, the McKinney Museum in Rankin Science South includes displays on evolution, including Archaeopteryx in the atrium, and is probably the most accessible avenue to the history of life on the planet on the ASU campus.

GLY 3150. Principles of Structural Geology and Tectonics (3).F.
The nature, classification, genesis, and quantification of microscopic and mesoscopic geologic structures, plus the history and fundamentals of tectonic theory, are the subjects of this course.

GLY 4025. Principles of Paleontology (3).F.
Morphology, phylogeny, temporal distribution, and paleoecology of fossils, with emphasis on applying invertebrates to the recognition of ancient environments and environmental change through geologic time. Biological evolution is studied in the scope of the history of the earth.

Freshman Honors Seminar on Charles Darwin. (3).F. 2008.


HIS 3925. Evolution and Creationism in Historical Context (3).S. Odd-numbered years.
This course will examine the evolving relationship between science and religion as it has influenced the history of the life sciences since the Renaissance. Topics will include the discovery and interpretation of the fossil record, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century
natural theology, eighteenth-century theories of evolution, the life and thought of Charles Darwin, the origins and development of twentieth-century creationism in the United States, and the legal and political issues that the evolution/creationism debate has raised.

HIS 3927. Scientific Revolution (3).F. Odd-numbered years.
The goal of this course is to follow the development of scientific knowledge and practice from the Middle Ages to the Age of Enlightenment and to understand science and scientific change as the people of the time understood it. Through a variety of primary and secondary texts, we will see that the pursuit of science was both an intellectual and a social activity and that scientific work had a profound impact on the development of Western Civilization, just as Western society and its social institutions had a profound influence on the practice of science.


MAT 3350. Introduction to Mathematical Biology (3).S.
An introduction to the mathematics of modeling biological systems. Topics will be discussed in the context of both continuous and discrete models and be taken from a broad range of biological fields such as population ecology, evolutionary biology, cell biology, genetics, and molecular biology. Numerical techniques for analysis and simulation will be introduced.

Philosophy and Religion

PHL 3600. Philosophy of Science (3).S.
An investigation of the foundations, structure, actual attainments, and ideals of the sciences.
PHL 4000. Nature of Knowledge (3).S.
A study of the traditional problems of the origin, nature, and limitations of knowledge. What do we know and how do we know it?

REL 3000. Minds, Brain, and Religion (3).S.
An introduction to the psychological study of religious belief, experience, and behavior through a survey of various sub-disciplines within psychology: e.g., Freudian psychoanalysis, existential psychology, object relations theory, attachment theory, cognitive psychology, and evolutionary psychology.

PHL 3630. Philosophical Perspectives on the Body, Human Nature, and Darwin.
A special topics course that will incorporate the Darwin Lecture Series. Students will be reading papers by some of the people who will be here spring semester (especially the two philosophers, Elizabeth Lloyd and Michael Ruse).

Physics and Astronomy

AST 1001. Introductory Astronomy I – The Solar System (4).F.
Topics to be covered include constellations, telescopes, the sun and moon, planets, asteroids, comets, the origin of the solar system and the search for extra-terrestrial life. The laboratory includes visual observations and electronic imaging of astronomical objects as well as a field trip to Appalachian's Dark Sky Observatory.

AST 1002. Introductory Astronomy II – Stars and Galaxies (4).S.
A study of astronomical objects located beyond our solar system. Topics to be covered include the structure and evolution of the stars, pulsars, black holes, gaseous nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, quasars and the structure of evolution of the Universe. Night observations of these types of objects will be made.

AST 3100. Astrophysics (3).S. Even–numbered years.
A study of the astrophysical processes which occur in stars, nebulae, and the interstellar medium. Topics to be covered include energy generation and transfer in stars, spectral line formation and stellar structure and evolution.



Dr. Howard Neufeld
Chair, University Forum and Darwin Bicentennial Celebration Committee

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