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Courses in Evolution and Ecology (EVE)

Lower Division

2. Biodiversity (3)

Lecture—2 hours; lecture/discussion—1 hour. Introduction to nature, scope and geographical distribution of biodiversity (the diversity of life, with emphasis on plants and animals, especially insects). Humans and biodiversity—domestication, aesthetics, ethics and valuation. Species richness and "success." Biodiversity through time; monitoring, evaluation and conservation. Biomes—global, continental and Californian. (Same course as Entomology 2.) Offered irregularly. GE credit: SciEng, Wrt | SE, SL, WE.

10. Evolution for Non-Biologists (4)

Lecture—3 hours. Introduction to evolutionary biology for the general population. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL.—(F.) Begun

11. Principles of Ecology (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: elementary biology recommended. Ecological principles with emphasis on humans and their interactions with the environment; how humans affect and depend on natural ecosystems; the future of the Earth's biosphere. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SciEng | OL, SE, SL, WE.

12. Life in the Sea (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Limited enrollment. Diversity of life in the sea; adaptations to physical/chemical ocean environment; marine science research methods; utilization of living marine resources by humans; factors and processes that influence diversity of sea life, including humans. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL.—S. (S.) Williams

13. Sex in the Natural World (3)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours. Explores the diversity, mechanisms and evolution of sexual behaviors across the kingdoms of life. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL, VL.—F. Patricelli

20. Darwinian Medicine (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Introduction for non-biologists to the evolved traits of humans and pathogens that influence human biological variation, health, and disease. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: QL, SE, SL.—(F.) Begun

92. Internship (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: lower division standing; consent of instructor. Work experience off and on campus in all subject areas offered in the Department of Evolution and Ecology. Internships supervised by a member of the faculty. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

98. Directed Group Study (1-5)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SE.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

99. Special Study for Lower Division Students (1-5)

(P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SE.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

Upper Division

100. Introduction to Evolution (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C, or 2A, 2B, 2C; Biological Sciences 101; Mathematics 16A, 16B, 16C or the equivalent; Statistics 13 or 100 (Statistics 100 recommended). A general survey of the origins of biological diversity and evolutionary mechanisms. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL.—F, W, Su. (F, W, S, Su.) Begun, Coop, Ramirez

101. Introduction to Ecology (4)

Lecture—3 hours; lecture/discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C, or 2A, 2B, 2C; Mathematics 16A, 16B, 16C or the equivalent. A general survey of the principles of ecology. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL, VL.—F, W, Su. (F, W, S, Su.) Gaylord, Rejmanek, Schoener, Strong

101Q. Introduction to Computer Models in Ecology (1)

Autotutorial—1.5 hours; extensive problem solving—1.5 hours. Prerequisite: concurrent enrollment in course 101. Computational methods and mathematical models used to study ecological phenomena. Offered irregularly.

102. Population and Quantitative Genetics (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 101, and Statistics 100 or 102, and course 100. Evolution as caused by random mating, genetic drift, natural selection, inbreeding, migration, and mutation in theory and actuality. The resemblance between relatives and consequences of selection for quantitative traits. Application of these ideas to topics such as the evolution of sex. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | SE.—F. Langley

103. Phylogeny, Speciation and Macroevolution (4)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory/discussion—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 100. Statistical inference of evolutionary patterns and processes above the species level. Topics include estimation of phylogenies and divergence times, character evolution, biogeographic history, and rates and patterns of lineage diversification, with an emphasis on the origin of species. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL.—(W.) Moore, Turelli

104. Community Ecology (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 101 or Environmental Science and Policy 100. Population growth and density dependence; predation; exploitative, interference and apparent competition; coexistence mechanisms; niches, spatial and temporal variation; stability, diversity, and productivity of food webs; applications to conservation and biological control. Emphasis on quantitative understanding through models, concepts, and empirical evidence. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL, VL.

105. Phylogenetic Analysis of Vertebrate Structure (4)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A and 1B, or 2B and 2C. The structure of the classes and subclasses of vertebrates is described and interpreted in terms of phylogeny. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | SE.—S. Wainwright

106. Mechanical Design in Organisms (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; laboratory—3 hours; fieldwork—3 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor; introductory animal biology (Biological Sciences 1B or 2B), invertebrate zoology (course 112), and/or ecology (course 101) are recommended; residence at or near Bodega Marine Lab required. Enrollment restricted to application at http://www.bml.ucdavis.edu. Explores fundamental principles in the form and function of organisms, examining how basic properties of size, shape, structure, and habitat constrain ways in which plants and animals interact and cope with their physical surroundings. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, VL, WE.

107. Animal Communication (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 2B. How animals use songs, dances, colors, chemicals, electricity and vibrations to communicate. Mechanisms of signal production and detection (sensory systems), theory of information transfer and signal design, and the role of natural selection in shaping communication. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, VL.—(F.) Patricelli

108. Systematics and Evolution of Angiosperms (5)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C, or 2A, 2B, 2C. Diversity and classification of angiosperms (flowering plants) on a world scale, and current understanding of the origin of angiosperms and evolutionary relationships and trends within them based on morphological and molecular evidence. (Same course as Plant Biology 108.) GE credit: SciEng.—S. (S.) Potter

110. Running, Swimming and Flying (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; laboratory—3 hours; fieldwork—3 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor; introductory animal biology (Biological Sciences 1B or 2B), invertebrate zoology (course 112), and/or ecology (course 101) are recommended; residence at or near Bodega Marine Lab required. Enrollment restricted to application at http://www.bml.ucdavis.edu. Examines the bases of organism movement in terrestrial, aquatic, and aerial environments, emphasizing both the unifying principles underlying locomotion, as well as a range of strategies employed across diverse groups of organisms. Offered irregularly. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, VL, WE.

111. Marine Environmental Issues (1)

Discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Examination of critical environmental issues occurring in coastal waters including the effects of climate change, overfishing, and other human impacts. Through readings and group discussions, students will develop an integrative understanding of the oceanographic and ecological processes. May be repeated two times for credit when topics differ. (Same course as Environmental Science and Policy 111.) GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL.—S, Su. (S, Su.) Gaylord, Hill, Largier, Morgan, Sanford, Williams

112. Biology of Invertebrates (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1B, or 2B and 2C; courses in systematics, ecology, and evolution recommended. Limited enrollment. Survey of the invertebrate phyla, emphasizing aquatic forms, and focusing on morphology, development, natural history, ecology, and phylogenetic relationships. Offered in alternate years.—(W.) Grosberg, Sanford

112L. Biology of Invertebrates Laboratory (2)

Laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1B, or 2B and 2C; course 112 concurrently. Enrollment limited to 50 students. Field and laboratory experience with representative members of the major invertebrate phyla discussed in course 112. Emphasis on comparative morphology, natural history, ecology, and behavior of living invertebrates. Two field trips required. Offered in alternate years.—(W.) Grosberg, Sanford

114. Experimental Invertebrate Biology (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour; laboratory—3 hours; fieldwork—3 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor; introductory cell, animal and plant biology (Biological Sciences 1A, 1B and 1C), invertebrate zoology (Evolution and Ecology 112), ecology (Evolution and Ecology 101), and/or evolution (Evolution and Ecology 100) are recommended; residence at or near Bodega Marine Lab required. Enrollment restricted to application at http://www.bml.ucdavis.edu. Biology, ecology, and evolution of local marine invertebrates with a focus on adaptations to environmental and biological factors encountered on the California coast. Hands-on field and laboratory learning with an emphasis on generating and testing hypotheses. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, VL, WE.—Su. (Su.) Sanford

115. Marine Ecology (4)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 101 or Environmental Science and Policy 100 or Biological Sciences 2B, or consent of instructor. Processes affecting the distribution, abundance, and diversity of plant and animal life in the sea. Introduction to marine habitat diversity and human impacts on marine ecosystems. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL, VL, WE.—W. Stachowicz

117. Plant Ecology (4)

Lecture—3 hours; fieldwork—3 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C, or 2A, 2B, 2C; Plant Biology 111 recommended. The study of the interactions between plants, plant populations or vegetation types and their physical and biological environment. Special emphasis on California. Four full-day field trips and brief write-up of class project required. (Same course as Plant Biology 117.)—F. (F.) Latimer, Rejmanek

119. Population Biology of Invasive Plants and Weeds (3)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C, or 2A, 2B, 2C; introductory statistics recommended. Origin and evolution of invasive plant species and weeds, reproduction and dispersal, seed ecology, modeling of population dynamics, interactions between invasive species, native species, and crops, biological control. Laboratories emphasize design of competition experiments and identification of weedy species. (Same course as Plant Biology 119.) Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | SE.—S. Rejmanek

120. Global Change Ecology (3)

Lecture/discussion—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 100 and 101 or equivalents. Treatment of historical evolution of the biosphere resulting from physical, chemical, and biological influences. Special focus upon changes caused by humans. Topics pertain to biodiversity, resources, conservation, and ecosystem services. Offered irregularly.—F, Su (F, Su.) Gaylord, Strong

131. Human Genetic Variation and Evolution (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1B or 2B. Introduction to genome-wide nucleotide sequence variation in human populations and computational methods for its analysis. Topics to include forensics, disease gene mapping, and studies of human evolutionary history. Misuses, such as eugenics, and ethical/legal issues will be discussed. Offered in alternate years.—W. Rannala

138. Ecology of Tropical Latitudes (5)

Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour; extensive writing. Prerequisite: one course in Biological Sciences, Entomology, Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, Geography, or tropical experience, or consent of instructor. Biological, physical, and human-related aspects of the ecology of low latitudes. Distribution, numbers, and relationships of tropical organisms. Problems of development and conservation in the context of ecological and evolutionary theory. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng, Wrt | SE, SL, WE.—(S.) Shapiro

140. Paleobotany (4)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C, or 2A, 2B, 2C. Introduction to plant fossil record, beginning with invasion of land in the Silurian, emphasizing origin and evolution of major groups and adaptations and changing composition and distribution of floras in relation to plate tectonics and climatic change. Offered irregularly.

141. Principles of Systematics (3)

Lecture—2 hours; independent study. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1B or 1C or 2B; course 100 recommended. Historical background, philosophical rationale, contemporary approaches, and working rules of biosystematics, including International Code of Zoological Nomenclature. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng, Wrt | OL, QL, SE, SL, VL, WE.—S. Shapiro

147. Biogeography (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A and 1B, or 2B. Movements of terrestrial organisms. The role of geologic, climatic, and biologic changes in the geographic distribution of organisms. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, SL, VL, WE.—F. Shapiro

149. Evolution of Ecological Systems (4)

Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Prerequisite: course 101 or Environmental Science 100 (or the equivalent), and course 100 (or the equivalent). Evolution as an organizing force in natural communities. Co-adaptation in trophic and competitive relationships. Ecology of polymorphisms, clines, and speciation. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | SE, SL, WE.—(F.) Shapiro

150. Evolution of Animal Development (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 101; and course 100 (may be waived for graduate students with consent of instructor). Comparative analysis of animal development and the genetic basis of morphological diversification. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SE, WE.Kopp

161. Microbial Phylogenomics—Genomic Perspectives on the Diversity and Diversification of Microbes (3)

Lecture—3 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 2A, 2B, and 2C or equivalent. Use of DNA and genomic sequencing in studies of the diversity of microorganisms. Diversity of microbes, phylogenetics, genome sequencing, comparative genomics, phylogenomics, lateral gene transfer, molecular ecology, metagenomics, and studies of the human microbiome. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | SE.—(W.) Eisen

175. Computational Genetics (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 101 and Statistics 100 or 102. The use of computers to solve problems in genetics and evolution. Introduction to a general purpose computer language (Python), computational statistical methods, and applications such as QTL mapping, linkage detection, estimation of rates of evolution, and gene finding. Offered irregularly.

180A. Experimental Ecology and Evolution in the Field (4)

Lecture/laboratory—3 hours; fieldwork—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 100; course 101, or Environmental Science and Policy 100; Entomology 105. Experimental design in field ecology. Examination of primary literature, experimental design, independent and collaborative research, analysis of data, development of original research paper based on field experiments. (Same course as Entomology 180A.) (Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.) Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, VL.—W. Yang

180B. Experimental Ecology and Evolution in the Field (4)

Lecture/laboratory—3 hours; fieldwork—3 hours. Prerequisite: Evolution and Ecology or Entomology 180A; course 100; course 101 or Environmental Science and Policy 100; Entomology 105. Experimental design in field ecology. Examination of primary literature, experimental design, independent and collaborative research, analysis of data, development of original research paper based on field experiments. (Same course as Entomology 180B.) (Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.) Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | QL, SE, VL WE.—S. Yang

181. Ecology and Evolution of Animal-Plant Interactions (4)

Lecture—1.5 hours; lecture/discussion—1.5 hours; term paper; extensive writing or discussion. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 2B and 2C required; Biological Sciences 2C may be taken concurrently. Animal adaptations for eating plants, pollinating flowers, dispersing seeds. Plant adaptations to herbivore defense, attraction of mutualists; role of coevolutionary arms race, mutualists and cheaters in plant/animal speciation. Exploration through lectures, original scientific literature, discussions and term paper. Offered in alternate years. GE credit: SciEng | OL, QL, SE, SL, WE.—F. Strauss

189. Introduction to Biological Research (1)

Discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: upper division standing in Evolution and Ecology or related biological science; consent of instructor. Introduction to research methods in biology. Presentation and discussion of research by faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. May be repeated for credit up to a total of 6 units. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SE.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

190. Undergraduate Seminar (2)

Seminar—2 hours. Prerequisite: upper division standing in the biological sciences or a related discipline. Student reports on current topics with emphasis on integration of concepts, synthesis, and state-of-the-art research approaches. Reviews of literature and reports of undergraduate research may be included. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SE.—F. (F.) Shapiro

192. Internship (1-12)

Internship—3-36 hours. Prerequisite: completion of 84 units and consent of instructor. Work experience off and on campus in all subject areas offered in the Department of Evolution and Ecology. Internships supervised by a member of the faculty. (P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

194HA. Research Honors (2)

Laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: students who have completed 135 units and qualify for the honors program (as defined by the current catalog). Students pursue intensive research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Students are expected to complete the full three-quarter sequence culminating in the writing of an honors thesis. (Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.) GE credit: SciEng | SE, WE.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

194HB. Research Honors (2)

Laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: students who have completed 135 units and qualify for the honors program (as defined by the current catalog). Students pursue intensive research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Students are expected to complete the full three-quarter sequence culminating in the writing of an honors thesis. (Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.) GE credit: SciEng | SE, WE.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

194HC. Research Honors (2)

Laboratory—6 hours. Prerequisite: students who have completed 135 units and qualify for the honors program (as defined by the current catalog). Students pursue intensive research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Students are expected to complete the full three-quarter sequence culminating in the writing of an honors thesis. (Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.) GE credit: SciEng | SE, WE.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.) 

197T. Tutoring in Biological Sciences 2B (1-2)

Tutorial—3-6 hours. Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1B or Biological Sciences 2B with a grade of B or better. Assisting the instructor by tutoring students in a Biological Sciences 2B laboratory. Tutoring is voluntary and is supervised by a Laboratory Teaching Assistant and the Biological Sciences 2B Laboratory Coordinator. May be repeated three times for credit. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SE.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

198. Directed Group Study (1-5)

(P/NP grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

199. Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5)

(P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SE.—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

Graduate

210. Molecular Phylogenetic Analysis (3)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Theory and practice of inferring phylogenetic trees using molecular sequence data. Practical techniques for obtaining sequence data, advantages and disadvantages of common approaches for inferring trees, statistical methods for comparing alternative hypotheses. (Same course as Nematology 210.) Offered irregularly.—Nadler

211. Applied Phylogenetics (3)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: course 103 or 210 or Population Biology 200C or the equivalent, graduate standing. Applications of phylogenetic methods to fields outside of systematics. Core lectures/labs in remedial phylogenetics, phylogeography, conservation and comparative morphology. Special topics vary yearly. May be repeated one time for credit.—(W.) Moore, Wainwright

220. Species and Speciation (3)

Lecture—2 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: course 100, Philosophy 108 or the equivalent; History and Philosophy of Science 130B recommended. Current status of species concepts, models of speciation, current research on speciation, and relevance of species to conservation biology. Offered in alternate years.—W. Shapiro

231. Principles of Biological Data Analysis (3)

Lecture—2 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Introduction to the principles of data analysis, experimental design, statistical modeling, inference, and hypothesis tests. Statistical methods of particular importance in biological applications will be emphasized. Examples will be presented from the fields of ecology and evolutionary genetics. Offered irregularly. (S/U grading only.)—Rannala

240. Paleobotany and Angiosperm Evolution (4)

Lecture—3 hours; laboratory—3 hours. Prerequisite: Plant Biology 108, 116, or course 140. Critical analysis of the plant fossil record as a source of evidence on origin, evolution, and phylogeny of the angio-sperms, Cretaceous and Tertiary climates, geographic history of modern taxa, and origin of modern vegetation types. Offered irregularly.

290C. Research Conference (1)

Discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor. Presentation and discussion of faculty and graduate student research in biology. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

298. Group Study (1-5)

(S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

299. Research (1-12)

(S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

Professional

390. Methods of Teaching (2)

Lecture—1 hour; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: graduate standing and consent of instructor. Practical experience in the methods and problems of teaching. Includes analyses of texts and supporting material, discussion of teaching techniques and preparing and conducting of laboratory and discussion sections. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 8 units. (S/U grading only.)—F, W, S. (F, W, S.)

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