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Evolutionary biology

Course
Bachelor’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-11032
Tuition
Full education cost: 29 750 SEK
First payment: 29 750 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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About

The course includes basic knowledge of evolutionary patterns and processes, with examples from different levels of biological organization (molecules, organisms, populations, species and higher taxa) . Examples of evolution in many different life forms such as bacteria, archaea, "protists", fungi, plants and animals, and in different types of habitat (aquatic and terrestrial, natural and anthropogenic) are given. The development of the tree of life through different geological eras and the methods used to track this development is a key part of the course. Another important aspect is the understanding of evolutionary mechanisms that exist within species and populations over short intervals of time (generations), and the methods used to study such processes. The course also describes the consequences of biological evolution in modern human society, such as the development of bacterial resistance, adaptability of species under environmental change, and genetic effects of breeding in plants and animals. In the course we also discuss the importance of evolution for man in society.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

Admission to the course requires one of the following options: 1) Approved basic courses BIO900, Cell Biology 15 credits, BIO905, Molecular Genetics, 15 credits, BIO910, Biological Form and Function, 15 credits, BIO915, Ecology and Evolution, 15 credits, and BIO920 Biodiversity and Systematics. At least 60 of the 75 credits must be passed. 2) Approved ES1201, Environmental Sciences: Natural Science, 15 credits, ES1300, Natural Resources Management, 15 credits, ES1305, Pollutants effects and dispersal on Biological Systems, 15 credits, BIO920, and Biodiversity and Systematics, 15 credits, and have read and approved at least one of the following four courses: BIO900, Cell Biology, 15 credits, BIO905, Molecular Genetics, 15 credits, BIO910, Biological Form and Function, 15 credits and BIO915, Ecology and Evolution 15 credits. At least 60 of the 75 credits must be passed 3) Approved courses (MAR101-112+NTH001) within the first and second year of the Bachelor program in Marine science. At least 90 of the 120 credits must be passed. 4) Approved Biology, Basic Course, 60 credits. At least 45 of the 60 credits must be passed

Selection

Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

Facilities

The teaching is mainly conducted at the Zoology house (Medicinaregatan 18 A).

Recommended study route

The teaching is both theoretically and practically oriented, and takes the form of lectures, exercises, laboratory work, excursions/field studies and group work.