EVOS Courses

Undergraduate Courses

  • Key Courses

    Evolution for Everyone (EvoS 105/BIOL 105/ ANTH 280F) - 4 credits
    Satisfies requirements for the EvoS minor and Anthropology major and minor and carries an ā€˜Nā€™ Social Science General Education designation. Recommended introduction for those new to evolution. Offered each fall semester and as an online course in summer. 

    This course explains the basic principles of evolution and why they are important for the study of humans in addition to the rest of life. Students from all majors are welcome and a background in science is not necessary. Those who have already learned about evolution will still learn much in this course about the relevance of evolution to human affairs. This course can be taken by itself and also serves as the best introduction to EvoS as a multi-course integrated curriculum. 

    Current Topics in EvoS (EVOS 451/BIOL 451/BIOL 680S) - 2 credits
    Satisfies requirements for the EvoS minor and Anthropology, Biology, Psychology and Integrative Neuroscience majors. Offered each spring semester in association with the EvoS seminar series and as an online course during winter and summer sessions. Students are required to take this course twice for the EvoS minor. 

    This course is built on the EvoS seminar series, which brings distinguished speakers to campus on a weekly basis. The course consists of reading one or more articles in preparation for each speaker, writing a short response to the article(s), attending the seminar, and the possibility to meet with each speaker after the seminar for an extended discussion. This is a superb way to engage in interdisciplinary interactions with other members of EvoS and with some of the most distinguished scientists and scholars of our day. The course can be taken multiple times.

  • More Suggested Courses

    Mechanisms of Evolution (BIOL 351)
    Fundamental principles of synthetic theory of evolution and its development. Sources of variability; organization of genetic variability in populations; differentiation of populations; reproductive isolation and origin of species; role of hybridization in evolution; major trends of evolution; processes of evolution in man. Prerequisites: BIOL 117 and 118 or equivalent.

    Evolution & Human Behavior (EvoS 456/BIOL 456)
    Implications of evolutionary theory for understanding human nature, including the relationship between human behavior and biological fitness in modern and pre-modern societies, evolutionary psychology, evolutionary ethics and theories of culture as an evolutionary process. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing and an introductory course in BIOL, PSYC, ANTH or SOC. 4 credits. 

    Evolution and Sustainability (BIOL 450)
    This course provides an introduction to evolutionary concepts relevant to biological and human social sustainability. Evolutionary training is essential because: a) the genetic evolution of nonhuman species takes place on ecological time scales; and b) human cultural change is also an evolutionary process. A single set of evolutionary principles can therefore be applied to both the natural and human components of coupled natural and human systems. This is a highly interdisciplinary course in the style of a graduate seminar. Undergrads must be prepared to work hard but no specialized knowledge is required at the beginning. 4 credits. 

    Biogeography (EvoS 422/BIOL 459)
    Ecological principles applied to the study of past, present and future distribution patterns of living organisms. Effects of Earth history, spatial pattern, plate tectonics, climate and climate change, and human impacts on biota. Prerequisite: BIOL 355 or 373. 4 credits.

  • All Courses

    Course numbers may change from year to year. Important Note: Not all courses are offered every year or even on a repeating basis.

    Anthropology Department

    • ANTH 168 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (L)
    • ANTH 246 Sex & Evolution
    • ANTH 248 Evolutionary Medicine
    • ANTH 280F /EVOS 105 /BIOL 105 Evolution for Everyone ā€“ Social Science (N)
    • ANTH 280P Evolution Human Sexual Behavior
    • ANTH 280Z Biology, Culture and Lifestyle
    • ANTH 300, History of Anthropological Thought
    • ANTH 333/BIOL 435 Human Genetics
    • ANTH 334 Comparative Aspects of Human Growth
    • ANTH 335 Human Origins
    • ANTH 337 Human Biological Variation
    • ANTH 338 Introduction to the Primates
    • ANTH 342 Ice Age Europe Through Fiction
    • ANTH 380J Recent Human Evolution
    • ANTH 380N/ PSYC 380A Neuroanthropology
    • ANTH 380R Biomedical Anthropology and Health
    • ANTH 426 Ancient DNA and Forensics Lab
    • ANTH 428 Molecular Anthropology Lab
    • ANTH 480B Evolution and Human Behavior
    • ANTH 480C Evolution and Women's Health
    • ANTH 480H Language & Popular Science
    • ANTH 480N Evolutionary Dynamics of Human Pathogens
    • ANTH 480T Human Migration and Disease
    • ANTH 480S /LING 449S Evolution of Language
    • ANTH 480Z/BIOL 283 Archival Research in Biological Anthropology
    • ANTH 559 Molecular Anthropology Theory

    Department of Biological Sciences

    • BIOL 105/ EVOS105 /ANTH 280F Evolution for Everyone ā€“ Social Science (N)
    • BIOL 117 Introductory Biology: Organisms and Populations
    • BIOL 283 / ANTH 480Z Archival Research in Biological Anthropology
    • BIOL 311 Genetics
    • BIOL 330 Genes and Heredity
    • BIOL 340 Genetics Lab
    • BIOL 351 Mechanisms of evolution
    • BIOL 366 / GEOL 366 Paleobiology
    • BIOL 370 Botany
    • BIOL 371 Zoology
    • BIOL 373 Ecological Principles and Applications
    • BIOL 375 Animal behavior
    • BIOL 377 Plant Systematics
    • BIOL 379 Biology and Conservation of Birds
    • BIOL 401 Molecular Genetics
    • BIOL 425 Molecular Biology Lab
    • BIOL 428 Functional Genomics and Proteomics
    • BIOL 441 Molecular Ecology Lab
    • BIOL 450 Evolution and Sustainability
    • BIOL 451/EVOS 451 Current Topics in EvoS
    • BIOL 452 Cultural evolutionary theory
    • BIOL 454 Behavioral Ecology of Primates (W)
    • BIOL 456/ANTH 480B/ PHIL 480A/ PSYC 470 Evolution & Human Behavior
    • BIOL 459 / EVOS 422 /GEOG 422 Biogeography
    • BIOL 472 Tropical Ecology and Conservation
    • BIOL 476 Population Ecology (W)
    • BIOL 477 Conservation Biology (W)
    • BIOL 480 Adv. Genetic Sem
    • BIOL 480L Biodiversity & Human Health
    • BIOL 480V Coevolution
    • BIOL 483Q Behavior and Disease

    Economics Department

    • ECON 335 Economics & Evolution
    • ECON 461 Game Theory

    English Department

    • ENG 450Q Animal Studies

    Environmental Studies

    • ENVI 481E Evolving Local Sustainability
    • ENVI 381T Plants and People

    Geography Department

    • GEOG 212 Historical Geography
    • GEOG 422/ EVOS 422/BIOL 459 Biogeography

    Geology Department

    • GEOL 366/ BIOL 366 Paleobiology

    Industrial and Systems Engineering

    • ISE 418X Collective Dynamics of Complex Systems
    • ISE 419 Applied Soft Computing

    Linguistics Department

    • LING 449S/ANTH 480S Evolution of Language

    Philosophy Department

    • PHIL 311 Faith and Reason (C, H)
    • PHIL 313 Science & Religion

    Psychology Department

    • PSYC 327 Evolution and Behavior
    • PSYC 380A/ANTH 380N Neuroanthropology
    • PSYC 473B / EVOS 483B Comparative Psychology
    • PSYC 473A Psychobiology of Sex & Reproduction (W)
    • PSYC 473M Seminar in Evolutionary Psychology
    • PSYC 473M Cognitive Ethology: Evolution, Development, and the Origins of Thought
    • PSYC 473S Intimate Relationships (O, S, W)

Please send suggestions for additions or revisions to this list to evos@binghamton.edu.