News & Announcements
Science Center Room 200A
1. Office hours are right before class, MWF 10 - 10:50 AM. If these hours don’t suit, please make an appointment.
2. Text is Evolution (Third Edition), by Mark Ridley.
3. Homework. You will notice on the syllabus that
have assigned readings corresponding to each lecture
topic. Please complete the reading before we discuss the subject in
class, or immediately thereafter. Many of the review questions
that follow the text chapters are good. In addition, I will
distribute seven supplementary homework problem sets during the
semester. A portion of your grade will be based on homework
checks, due no later than the last day of class. Each problem set
must be solved in pencil, complete (no partials!) and submitted
4. Darwin Week Report.
A series of lectures and other events has been scheduled around campus
Feb 11 - 14, in celebration of the 199th birthday of Charles Darwin.
Your assignment will be to attend one of these events and write a
5. Help sessions are generally scheduled in the evening several days before each of the three midterm tests, as well as the final comprehensive examination. I will not have anything planned to say, but will be happy to answer questions and solve homework problems.
6. Attendance at lecture is not required. I don’t take roll. But attendance for tests is another matter. Contact me as soon as possible if you find you must miss a test to schedule a make-up. Make-up tests taken in advance are generally equivalent to those administered to the class as a whole. The later the make-up test, the greater its difficulty. I do not want to hear your excuse.
7. Course Grading:
|3 midterm tests @ 100 pts each||
90% is the lowest A, 80% the lowest B, 70% the lowest C, and 60% the lowest D.
The Origin of Species - The complete text of Darwin’s classics on line.
Evolution & Biomath Educational Index - See the big list of
and resources on population genetics.
- The Berkeley website, "Your one-stop source for information on
The Evolution Project - Slick website designed to accompany the PBS television special on Evolution. The essays and activities are quite edifying as a stand-alone resource.
Evolution and The Fossil Record - Online version of a booklet by Pojeta & Springer published by the American Geological Institute.
EvoNet.org - A worldwide network for evolutionary biology.
Human Evolution - A good first step into an area of much web interest.
- Super archives and links to background on religion & science,
creationist misunderstandings, frequently asked questions about
evolution, the fossil record, the age of the earth, much more.
The Panda's Thumb - The #1
blog on the creation / evolution controversy.
South Carolinians for
Science Education - Follow the creation / evolution controversy in
the Palmetto State.