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BIOL 506 - The Origins of Life and Early Evolution


3 Credits
A course called Geomicrobiological Ecology and Evolution seemed a bit daunting, and a bit too huge for one course. Having a focus makes understanding the topic more manageable anyhow; thus the course title narrows the field to early life on Earth and how it set the stage for the world we know. Abiogenesis is the study of how life might have emerged from non-life. Investigating competing hypotheses for life’s origins provides the focus for the first part of the course. The central theme for the second part of the course is following the evolutionary story forward up to the origins of animals. Discussions and essays, some videos. No quizzes. 
Prerequisite(s): None, other than having taken some college Chemistry as an undergraduate



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