BIOL190-002: Freshman Seminar:Biology

Topic: Evolution:Concepts&Misconcepts

January 10, 2017 - April 24, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
1:00pm - 2:15pm
Woodruff Library 215
Marsteller, Patricia
Appropriate for First Year students.

Fall and spring. Freshmen only. Variable topics.

This course is for FRESHMEN only and does NOT count toward the Biology major.

Special Evidence-Focused Seminar. For more information:

This seminar course will address conceptions and misconceptions of the theory of evolution.  We will begin with a discussion of theory and evidence from a scientific perspective.  Using web material (for example,, readings, discussions, simulations, and PBL exercises, we will examine how the conception of evolution has changed over time.  We will examine major misconceptions about evolution, including the idea of progress, randomness, chance, and necessity.  Current debates about "intelligent design" will also be considered.

Required websites:

--Understanding Evolution (

--History of Evolutionary Thought (

--Nature online: Evolution (

-Evo Ed Cases (

-Avida Ed (

--National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (

Grades will be based on learning issues and products from the PBL exercises, on-line reflections, class participation, a group class presentation, and a final project.

Prerequisites:  None.


  1. Zimmer, Carl
    Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea (2006) (Harper)
  2. Zimmer, Carl
    The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution, 2nd Edition (2014) (Roberts and Company, Greenwood Village, Colorado)

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