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Evolution and Ecology

Students visit the Angelo Coast Range Reserve, California, as part of their EVE 134F coursework, Spring Quarter 2009.

Students visit the Angelo Coast Range Reserve, California, as part of their EVE 134F coursework, Spring Quarter 2009.

Source: Nicole Carbone

Evolution and Ecology Undergraduate Courses

This is a list of all Evolution and Ecology undergraduate courses.

Contact Mary Aften if you have any questions.

  • EVE 2: Biodiversity (3)

    Offered: Not currently being offered

    No prerequisites (same course as ENT 2)

    Introduction to nature, scope and geographical distribution of biodiversity (the diversity of life, with emphasis on plants and animals, especially insects). Humans and biodiversity - domestication, aesthetics, ethics and valuation. Species richness and “success.” Biodiversity through time; monitoring, evaluation and conservation. GE credit: SciEng, Wrt.

  • EVE 10: Evolution for Non-Biologists (4)

    Offered: Fall – Odd-numbered Years (Begun)

    No prerequisites

    Introduction to evolutionary biology for the general population. GE credit: QL, SE, SL

  • EVE 11: Principles of Ecology (4)

    Offered: Not currently being offered

    Prerequisites: Elementary biology recommended

    This course is an introduction to ecological principles with an emphasis on humans and their interactions with the environment. In particular, there will be an exploration of the future of civilization and the Earth’s biosphere given the apparently unlimited growth of the planet’s human population. GE credit: SciEng.

  • EVE 12: Life in the Sea (3)

    Offered: Spring – Odd-Numbered Years (Williams)

    No Prerequisites

    Diversity of life in the sea; adaptations to physical/chemical ocean environment; marine science research methods; utilization of living marine resources by humans; factors and processes that influence diversity of sea life, including humans. GE credit: SciEng, Wrt.

  • EVE 92: Internship (1-12)

    Prerequisites: Lower division standing and consent of instructor

    Work experience off and on campus in all subject areas offered in the Department of Evolution and Ecology. Internships supervised by a member of the faculty. P/NP grading only.

  • EVE 99: Special Study for Lower Division Students (1-5)

    P/NP grading only.

  • EVE 100: Introduction to Evolution (4)

    Offered: Fall, Winter, and Spring (Begun, Coop)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C or 2A, 2B, 2C, and 101; Mathematics 16A, 16B, 16C or the equivalent; Statistics 13 or 100 (Statistics 100 recommended)

    Lecture: 3 hrs.; discussion: 1 hr.

    A general survey of the origins of biological diversity and evolutionary mechanisms.

  • EVE 101: Introduction to Ecology (4)

    Offered: Fall, Winter, and Spring (Gaylord, Sanford, Schoener, Schreiber, Shapiro, Strong, Williams)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C or 2A, 2B, 2C; Mathematics 16A, 16B, 16C or the equivalent

    Lecture: 3 hrs.; lecture/discussion: 1 hr.

    A general survey of the principles of ecology.

  • EVE 102: Population and Quantitative Genetics (4)

    Offered: Fall – Even-Numbered Years (Langley)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 101; and Statistics 100 or 102; and EVE 100

    Lecture: 3 hrs.; discussion: 1 hr.

    Evolution as caused by random mating, genetic drift, natural selection, inbreeding, migration, and mutation in theory and actuality. Application of these ideas to topics such as the evolution of sex.

  • EVE 103: Phylogeny and Macroevolution (4)

    Offered: Winter – Even-Numbered Years (Moore, Turelli)

    Prerequisites: Course 100

    Lecture: 3 hrs.; laboratory/discussion: 3 hrs.

    Patterns and processes of evolution above the species level. Homology, homoplasy, and character evolution. Adaptive radiation; modes and rates of diversification. Evolution of complexity, and macroevolution of the genome. Principles of phlyogeny reconstruction and their application to macroevolutionary studies.

  • EVE 104: Community Ecology (4)

    Offered: Not currently being offered

    Prerequisites: Course 101 or Environmental Science and Policy 100

    Lecture: 3 hrs.; discussion: 1 hr.

    Population growth and density dependence; predation; exploitative, interference and apparent competition; coexistence mechanisms; niches spatial and temporal variation etc. Emphasis on quantitative understanding through models, concepts, and empirical evidence.

  • EVE 105: Phylogenetic Analysis of Vertebrate Structure (4)

    Offered: Winter – Odd-Numbered Years (Wainwright)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1A and 1B, or 2B and 2C

    Lecture: 2 hrs.; laboratory: 6 hrs.

    The structure of the classes and subclasses of vertebrates is described and interpreted in terms of phylogeny.

  • EVE 106: Mechanical Design in Organisms (3)

    Bodega Marine Laboratory Course

    Offered: SS I (Gaylord)

    Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor; introductory animal biology (BIS 1B or 2B), invertebrate zoology (EVE 112), and/or ecology (EVE 101) are recommended; residence at or near Bodega Marine Laboratory required. Student must complete the application available at http://www.bml.ucdavis.edu.

    Lecture: 2 hrs.; discussion: 1 hr.; laboratory: 3 hrs.; fieldwork: 3 hrs.

    Explores fundamental principles in the form and function of organisms, examining how basic properties of size, shape, structure, and habitat constrain ways in which plants and animals interact and cope with their physical surroundings. The course will employ a combination of lecture, lab, and fieldwork.

  • EVE 107: Animal Communication (4)

    Offered: Fall – Odd-Numbered Years (Patricelli)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1B or 2B

    Lecture: 3 hrs; discussion: 1 hr

    How animals use songs, dances, colors, chemicals, electricity and vibrations to communicate. Mechanisms of signal production and detection (sensory system), theory of information transfer and signal design, and the role of natural selection in shaping communication.

  • EVE 108: Systematics and Evolution of Angiosperms (5)

    Offered: Spring (Doyle)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C or 2A, 2B, 2C (same course as PLB 108)

    Lecture: 3 hrs; laboratory: 6 hrs

    Diversity and classification of angiosperms (flowing plants) on a world scale, and current understanding of the origin of angiosperms and evolutionary relations and trends within them based on morphological and molecular evidence.

  • EVE 111: Marine Environmental Issues (1)

    Bodega Marine Laboratory Course

    Offered: SS I (Sanford and Gaylord)

    Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in at least one course from Environmental Science and Policy 124, 152, course 106, 110, 114; residence at or near Bodega Marine Laboratory required. Student must complete the application available at http://www.bml.ucdavis.edu. May be repeated two times for credit. (Same course as Environmental Science and Policy 111.)

    Discussion: 1 hr.; seminar: 2 hrs.

    Readings and group discussion of critical environmental issues in coastal waters. The course will connect material from concurrent courses at BML and provide students with an integrative understanding of marine environments and conservation. The course will include two invited seminars/lectures by recognized experts.

  • EVE 112: Biology of Invertebrates (3)

    Offered: Winter – Even-Numbered Years (Grosberg, Sanford)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1B, or 2B and 2C; courses in systematics, ecology and evolution recommended; course 112L concurrently

    Lecture: 3 hrs.

    Survey of the invertebrate phyla emphasizing aquatic forms and focusing on morphology, development, natural history, and phylogenetic relationships.

  • EVE 112L: Biology of Invertebrates Laboratory (2)

    Offered: Winter – Even-Numbered Years (Grosberg, Sanford)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1B, or 2B and 2C; course 112 concurrently

    Laboratory: 6 hrs.

    Field and laboratory experience with representative members of the invertebrate phyla discussed in course 112. Emphasis on comparative morphology, natural history, ecology, and behavior of living invertebrates.

  • EVE 114: Experimental Invertebrate Biology (3)

    Offered: SS I (Sanford)

    Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor; introductory cell, animal, and plant biology (Biological Sciences 1A, 1B and 1C or 2A, 2B and 2C), invertebrate zoology (EVE 112), ecology (EVE 101), and/or evolution (EVE 100) are recommended; residence at or near Bodega Marine Laboratory required. Student must complete the application available at http://www.bml.ucdavis.edu.

    Lecture: 2 hrs.; discussion: 1 hr.; laboratory: 3 hrs.; fieldwork: 3 hrs.

    Functional biology, ecology, and evolution of local marine invertebrates, with an emphasis on adaptations to physical and biological factors encountered on the California coast. The course will offer a strong field and lab component and will emphasize testing hypotheses that are generated by the class.

  • EVE 115: Marine Ecology (4)

    Offered: Winter – Odd-Numbered Years (Stachowicz)

    Prerequisites: Course 101 or Environmental Science and Policy 100 or Biological Sciences 2B, or consent of instructor

    Lecture: 3 hrs.; discussion: 1 hr.

    Processes affecting the distribution, abundance, and diversity of plant and animal life in the sea. Introduction to marine habitat diversity and human impacts on marine ecosystems.

  • EVE 117: Plant Ecology (4)

    Offered: Fall (Rejmanek)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C or 2A, 2B, 2C; Plant Biology 111 recommended

    Lecture: 3 hrs.; fieldwork: 3 hrs.

    The study of the interactions between plants, plant populations or vegetation types and their physical and biological environment. Special emphasis on California.

  • EVE 119: Population Biology of Weeds (3)

    Offered: Spring (Rejmanek)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C or 2A, 2B, 2C; introductory statistics recommended

    Lecture: 2 hrs.; laboratory: 3 hrs.

    Origin and evolution of weeds, reproduction and dispersal, seed ecology, modeling of population dynamics, interactions of weeds and crops, biological control. Laboratories emphasis design of competition experiments and identification of weedy species.

  • EVE 120: Global Change Ecology (3)

    Offered: Spring 2013, then Winter even-numbered years (Strong)

    Prerequisites: Course 100 and 101 or equivalents

    Lecture/Discussion: 3 hrs.

    Treatment of historical evolution of the biosphere resulting from physical, chemical, and biological influences. Topics pertain to biodiversity, resources, conservation, and ecosystem services.

  • EVE 131: Human Genetic Variation and Evolution (3)

    Offered: Winter – Odd-Numbered Years (Rannala)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1B or 2B

    Lecture: 3 hrs.

    Introduction to genome-wide nucleotide sequence variation in human populations and computational methods for its analysis.

  • EVE 134: Herpetology (3)

    Offered: Winter – Odd-Numbered Years (Todd)

    Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B or 2A, 2B, 2C; EVE 100 recommended

    Lecture: 2 hours; term paper

    The world-wide diversity of amphibians and reptiles with emphasis on behavior, ecology, functional morphology, and evolutionary history.

  • EVE 134F: Field Herpetology (2)

    Offered: Will not be offered

  • EVE 134L: Herpetology Laboratory (2)

    Offered: TBA

    Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B or 2A, 2B, 2C; course 134 concurrently

    Laboratory: 6 hrs.

    The diagnostic characteristics and functional attributes of amphibians and reptiles, emphasizing ecological, biogeographic and phylogenetic patterns. Field experience with common species of reptiles and amphibians in the Davis area.

  • EVE 138: Ecology of Tropical Latitudes (5)

    Offered: Spring – Odd-Numbered Years (Shapiro)

    Prerequisite: one course in Biological Sciences, Entomology, Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, Geography, or tropical experience, or consent of instructor

    Lecture: 3 hours; discussion: 1 hour; extensive writing

    Biological, physical, and human-related aspects of the ecology of low latitudes. Distribution, numbers, and relationships of tropical organisms. Problems of development and conservation in the context of ecological and evolutionary theory.

  • EVE 140: Paleobotany (4)

    Offered: Winter – Odd-Numbered Years (Doyle)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C or 2A, 2B, 2C

    Lecture: 3 hrs.; laboratory: 3 hrs.

    Introduction to plant fossil record, beginning with invasion of land in the Silurian, emphasizing origin and evolution of major groups and adaptations and changing composition and distribution of floras in relation to plate tectonics and climate change.

  • EVE 141: Principles of Systematics (3)

    Offered: Spring – Even-Numbered Years Only (Shapiro)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1B or 1C or 2B; course 100 recommended

    Lecture: 2 hrs; independent study

    Historical background, philosophical rationale, contemporary approaches, and working rules of biosystematics, including international Code of Zoological Nomenclature.

  • EVE 147: Biogeography (4)

    Offered: Fall – Odd-Numbered Years (Shapiro)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1A and 1B, or 2B

    Lecture: 3 hrs; term paper

    Movements of terrestrial organisms. The role of geologic, climatic, and biological changes in the geographic distribution of organisms.

  • EVE 149: Evolution of Ecological Systems (4)

    Offered: Fall – Even-Numbered Years (Shapiro)

    Prerequisites: Course 101 or Environmental Science and Policy 100 (or the equivalent); course 100 (or the equivalent)

    Lecture: 3 hrs; term paper

    Evolution as an organizing force in natural communities. Coadaptation in trophic and competitive relationships. Ecology of polymorphisms, clines, and speciation.

  • EVE 150: Evolution of Animal Development (3)

    Offered: Winter – Odd-Numbered Years (Kopp)

    Prerequisites: Molecular and Cellular Biology 150 or 163 or equivalent course in developmental biology (may be waived for graduate students with consent of instructor)

    Lecture: 3 hrs.

    Comparative analysis of animal development and the genetic basis of morphological diversification.

  • EVE 161: Microbial Phylogenomics - Genomic Perspectives on the Diversity and Diversification of Microbes (3)

    Offered: Winter – Even-Numbered Years (Eisen)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 2A, 2B, 2C

    Lecture: 3 hrs.

    Use of DNA and genomic sequencing in studies of the diversity of microorganisms. Diversity of microbes, phylogenetics, genome sequencing, comparative genomics, phylogenomics, lateral gene transfer, molecular ecology, metagenomics, and studies of the human microbiome.

  • EVE 175: Computational Genetics (3)

    Not currently being offered

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 101; Statistics 100 or 102

    Lecture: 2 hrs.; discussion: 1 hrs.

    The use of computers to solve problems in genetics and evolution. Introduction to general purpose computer language (Python), computational statistical methods, and applications such as QTL mapping, linkage detection, estimation of rates of evolution and gene finding.

  • EVE 180A-180B: Experimental Ecology and Evolution in the Field (4-4)

    Offered: EVE 180A-Winter, EVE 180B-Spring – Odd-Numbered Years (Yang)

    Prerequisites: Course 100; Course 101 or Environmental Science and Policy 100

    Lecture/laboratory: 3 hrs.; fieldwork: 3 hrs.

    Experimental design in field ecology. Students will critique primary literature, design project, gather and analyze data. Students required to write original research paper based on field experiments. Deferred grading only pending completion of sequence (180A AND 180B).

  • EVE 181: Ecology and the Evolution of Animal-Plant Interactions (4)

    Offered: Fall – Even-Numbered Years (Strauss)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 2B and 2C required, 2C may be taken concurrently

    Lecture: 1.5 hrs.; Lecture/discussion: 1.5 hrs., term paper, extensive writing or discussion

    Animal adaptations for eating plants, pollinating flowers, dispersing seeds.

  • EVE 189: Introduction to Biological Research (1)

    Prerequisites: upper division standing in Evolution and Ecology or related biological science

    Discussion: 1 hr.

    Introduction to research methods in biology. Presentation and discussion of research by faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. May be repeated for credit up to a total of 6 units. P/NP grading only.

  • EVE 190: Undergraduate Seminar (2)

    Offered: Fall (Shapiro)

    Prerequisite: upper division standing in the biological sciences or a related discipline

    Seminar: 2 hrs.

    Student reports on current topics with emphasis on integration of concepts, synthesis, and state-of-the-art research approaches. Reviews of literature and reports of undergraduate research may be included. May be repeated for credit, P/NP grading only.

  • EVE 192: Internship (1-12)

    Prerequisites: completion of 84 units and consent of instructor

    Internship: 3-36 hrs.

    Work experience off and on campus in all subject areas offered in the Department of Evolution and Ecology. Internships supervised by a member of the faculty. P/NP grading only.

  • EVE 194HA-194HB-194HC: Research Honors (2 units per quarter)

    Prerequisites: Students who have completed 135 units and qualify for the honors program (as defined by the General Catalog)

    Laboratory: 6 hrs.

    Students pursue intensive research under the guidance of a faculty adviser. Students are expected to complete the full three-quarter sequence culminating in the writing of an honors thesis. Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.

  • EVE 197T: Tutoring (1-2)

    Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1B or Biological Sciences 2B with a grade of B or better

    Tutorial: 3-6 hrs.

    Assisting the instructor by tutoring students in a Biological Sciences laboratory. Experience in teaching under guidance of the staff. P/NP grading only.

  • EVE 198: Directed Group Study (1-5)

    Offered: Winter (Winter Quarter Seminar (EVE 198): Society of Conservation Biology)

    No prerequisites

    This course is run by graduate students and other members of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB). They will be presenting their current research in the exciting field of conservation biology. Each week there will be a different topic presented due to the diverse specialties of each of the presenters. P/NP grading only.

    Students may retake this course multiple times because each year has a different pool of presenters.

  • EVE 199: Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5)

    P/NP grading only

    Students must have completed 84 units in order to undertake 199 coursework.