Schedule

Dates listed for Exams and Quiz 1 are fixed and will not change during the semester. However, the schedule and pace of topics is tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the course.  Homeworks will be scheduled based on our progress on our learning objectives and course content. Please check the schedule regularly – and refresh your browser each time you visit this page to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

C DAY DATE QUESTION/TOPIC(s) DUE/ASSIGNED
 1  Th  8/31 How does this class work? *HW1. Leaf Count
*Syllabus Quiz
 2  Tu  9/5 Tools of Science 1: Modeling Systems, Analyzing Data, Arguing with Evidence
Figure/Table Legendshttp://abacus.bates.edu/~ganderso/biology/resources/writing/HTWtablefigs.htmlGraph typeshttps://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/data-visualization-choosing-chart
 *HW1. Leaf Count
*Syllabus Quiz in D2l
 3  Th  9/7 Tools of Science 2: Modeling Systems, Analyzing Data, Arguing with Evidence
 4  Tu  9/12  QUIZ 1
 5  Th  9/14 Phenology Overview.
Gen 1: How do we represent genetic information at different scales?
Readings: Mason: 3.4, 13.1, 14.1-3, 15.1-2
 *First data points for Phenology due Sunday evening
 6  Tu  9/19 Gen 2: How is genetic information organized?
Readings: Mason: 10.2, 15.1-2, 15.6-7(review)
 7  Th  9/21 Gen 3: How is genetic information expressed? How does new genetic variation originate?
Readings: Mason: 15.8
 *Model Revision
 Due
8  Tu  9/26 Gen 4: How do genes in gene systems interact to produce traits?  *HW 2 and HW3 due
 9  Th  9/28 Gen 5:How is genetic information transferred across generations?
Readings: Mason: 10.3-10.5 (mitosis); Ch 11(meiosis)
 10  Tu  10/3 Gen 6: How can we predict phenotypes of offspring?
Readings: Mason: Ch 12; 13.1-13.5
 11  Th  10/5 Gen 7: Finish meiosis; feedback on models.
 Tu  10/10  EXAM 1  EXAM
 12  Th  10/12 How can we explain patterns of inheritance that don’t produce expected outcomes?
Readings: Mason: Ch 12
 13  Tu  10/17  Evo 1: What is selection? How does it work?
Readings: Mason: Ch 19
14  Th  10/19  Evo 2: How can we quantify change in populations over time? How do we know if a population is evolving?
Readings: Mason: Ch 19 (esp. 19.2-19.3)
 *HW 4
 15  Tu  10/24  Evo 3: How can we apply principles of evolution, fitness, and selection to real world patterns and problems. Antibiotic resistance.
Readings: Mason: Ch. 19; Ch. 23 – skim
 16  Th  10/26  Evo 4: How can we apply principles of evolution, fitness, and selection to real world patterns and problems. Evolution of tobacco in variable environments.
 17  Tu  10/31  Evo 5: Continue from 10/26. Review ‘big ideas’ in evolution.  *HW5
18  Th  11/2  Evo 6: How can we explain and represent the origin of new species?
Readings: Mason: Ch. 22
 *HW6
 Tu  11/7  EXAM 2  EXAM
 19  Th  11/9  Eco 1: How do ecologists describe populations?
Readings: Mason: Ch.38
 21  Tu  11/14  Eco 2: How do ecologists model population growth? Why does population size vary over time?
Readings: Mason: Ch. 38
 22  Th  11/16  Eco 3: How can models help us understand how populations impact one another?
Readings: Mason: Ch. 39
 23  Tu  11/21  Eco 4: How do matter and energy move through systems?
Readings: Mason: Ch. 39.5-39.6; skim 39.7
 24  Th  11/23  No Class Meeting: Happy Thanksgiving!
 25  Tu  11/28  Eco 5: How do matter and energy move through systems?
Readings: Mason: Ch. 39.5-39.6; skim 39.7
 26  Th  11/30  Eco 6: How can we explain changing carbon dynamics? What are the consequences?
Readings: Mason: Ch. 40.6
 Tu  12/5  EXAM 3  EXAM
 27  Th  12/7  GROUP EXAM – MEDIA EVALUATION
 Th  12/14  FINAL EXAM: 12:45-2:45