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The schedule provided is tentative. Topics and dates are subject to change based on the progress of students. Exam/quiz dates are fixed and will not change. Please check this page regularly to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

Date
Topic
Suggested Reading
Assignment
Due

Week 1: How is Science a way of knowing? How do scientists represent information?

T 1/8 

How does this course work?

 

Sampling populations. Representing data.

 

 

Ch 1: 1.3 and 1.4

HW 1A: Web Site Inquiry (Scavenger Hunt)

HW 1B: Graphing Data with Excel

1/10/13 at 8:00am

 

 

1/10/13 at the beginning of class

 

Th 1/10

Tools of science: models and methods

Ch 1: 1.3 and 1.4

HW 2 Songbird Migration

1/15/13 at 8:00am

 

Week 2: What is the nature of genetic information? How is genetic information structured and organized?
T 1/15

Models continued

 

Introduction to Genetics

Ch 1: 1.3

 

Ch 5: 5.4 and 5.5

HW 3A: Dabbling with Data

HW 3B: Group Expectations

HW 3C: Group Photo

1/17/13 at the beginning of class

1/17/13 at the beginning of class

1/17/13 at the beginning of class

Th 1/17

Structure and function of DNA, genes, alleles, chromosomes

 

Integrating our understanding of DNA and chromosomes

Ch 13 and Ch 17

 

 

N/A

HW 4A: GMO Salmon model

 

HW 4B: Switchgrass Claims, Evidence and Warrants

1/22/13 at the beginning of class

 

1/22/13 at 8:00am

Week 3: How does genetic information stored in chromosomes result in expression of traits?
T 1/22

Mitosis

 

Meiosis

Ch. 12

 

Ch. 13

HW 5A: Revised GMO Salmon model

HW 5B: BRAC2 reading

1/24/13 at the beginning of class

 

1/24/13 at 8:00am

 

Th 1/24

Meiosis continued

 

BRCA2

Ch 13

 

Ch 18: 18.5

HW 6: Gene to Phenotype model

1/29/13 at the beginning of class

Week 4: How is genetic information transmitted across generations of cells? organisms?
T 1/29

BRCA2 continued

 

Inheritance: Dog case

 

Transgenes

Ch 18: 18.5

 

Ch. 14

 

Ch 20: 20.4 and Ch 38: 38.3

HW 7: Dog Problem 1/31/13 at the beginning of class
Th 1/31

Quiz 1

 

Pedigrees

 

Epigenetics

 

 

Ch 14: 14.4

 

Ch 18: 18.2

HW 8A: Epigenetics (cocaine model)

HW 8B: Epigenetics (DNA not your destiny)

 

1/31/13

HW 8A: at the beginning of class

HW 8B: at 8:00am

Week 5: What is the origin of genetic variation? How are traits expressed?
T 2/5

Inheritance: Complex cases

 

Pg: 271-275

HW 9: Genetics Problems

2/7/13 at the beginning of class
Th 2/7

Inheritance: Complex cases

 

How much variation is there among individuals in a population?

 

Pg: 271-275

 

Ch 15: 15.2 - 15.4

HW 10: The role of evolution in biology 2/12/13 at the beginning of class
Week 6: How do we explain the diversity of life forms on Earth? Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution (Dobzhansky, 1973)
T 2/12

How much variation is there among individuals in a population?

Ch 23    
Th 2/14

Quiz 2

 

How much variation is there among individuals in a population?

 

 

 

Ch 23: 23.4

HW 11A: Understanding Antibiotic Resistance

HW 11B: Zimmer Model Redo

2/19/13 at the beginning of class
Week 7: Breaking the "rules of no change": why do populations evolve?
T 2/19

What is evolution? How do we test evolution?

Change in allele frequency over time.

Ch 23

 

 

HW 12: Meiosis REDUX 2/21/13 at the beginning of class
Th 2/21

Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium.

 

Applying the principle of natural selection to antibiotic resistance.

 

How does the environment interact with phenotypic variation?

Ch 23: 23.2

 

Ch 27: 27.2

 

 

Pg: 274-275

HW 13: HWE Article

2/28/13 at the beginning of class
Week 8: What does “survival of the fittest” really mean?
T 2/26

Midterm Exam 1

 

     
Th 2/28

Applying the principle of natural selection to antibiotic resistance.

 

How does the environment interact with phenotypic variation?

 


 

Ch 27: 27.2

 

 

Pg: 274-275

HW 14 part 1: Wild Tobacco 3/12/13 at the beginning of class
Spring Break - March 4-8
Week 9: What is the evidence for evolution?
T 3/12

Natural selection case: Wild tobacco.

 

Can evolution occur by mechanisms other than natural selection?

 

N/A

 

 

 

HW 15a: What females want?

HW 15b: Evidence of evolution

15a and 15b due 3/14/13 at the beginning of class
Th 3/14

Natural selection/Evolution.

 

 

Ch 23 HW 16: Mullerian Mimicry 3/19/13 at the beginning of class
Week 10: How do we measure and describe populations?
T 3/19

How do we discribe and measure relatedness among species?

Ch 24 and Ch 26: 26.1-26.3

HW 17: Discribing Populations

3/21/13 at the beginning of class

Th 3/21

How do we discribe and measure relatedness among species?

 

How do we discribe and compare populations over space and time?

Ch 24 and Ch 26: 26.1-26.3

 

 

Ch 53: 53.1

HW 18: Invasives in the Great Lakes 3/26/13 at the beginning of class
Week 11: How do populations interact?
T 3/26

How are species connected to eachother?

 

How do real populations grow in time?

Ch 26: 26.6

 

 

Ch 53: 53.1 and 53.2

   
Th 3/28

Quiz 3

How do real populations grow in time?

 

 

Ch 53: 53.1 and 53.2

HW 19: Bedbugs

4/2/13 at the beginning of class

Week 12: Comparing communities in space and time.
T 4/2

 

How do we connect population ecology with evolution?

Ch 54: 54.1

 

HW 20: Lyme Disease

4/4/13 at the beginning of class

Th 4/4

How do we connect population ecology with evolution?

 

How do species interact?

 

 

 

Ch 54: 54.1 and 54.2

 

 

HW 21: Thinking like a mountain 4/9/13 at the beginning of class
Week 13: Moving matter and energy through systems.
T 4/9

How do species interact?

 

How do species assemblages change over time?

Ch 54: 54.1 and 54.2 and 54.3

 

 

HW 22: Beedlow/Carbon Cycle 4/11/13 at 8:00am
Th 4/11

How do matter and energy move through ecosystems?

 

Photosynthesis and respiration

Primary Productivity

Ch 55: 55.1-55.3

 

 

Ch 9: 9.1

 

Ch 10: 10.1 and 10.2

 

HW 23: Global Climate Change 4/16/13 at the beginning of class
Week 14: How do systems respond to disturbance? Why do we care?
T 4/16

Carbon Cycle / Nitrogen

Ch 55: 55.4    
Th 4/18

Midterm Exam 2

 

 

 

 

Week 15: Global system responses.
T 4/23

Global Carbon Cycle

 

Global Climate Change

Ch 55: 55.4

 

Ch 52: 52.1

HW 24: Croll; Island Foxes

4/25/13 at the beginning of class

Th 4/25

Global Climate Change

 

Integrating biology

 

Ch 52: 52.1    

Final exam:

Monday April 29, 7:45am - 9:45am (1200 Molecular Plant Sciences)