This course will present an overview of modern evolutionary biology and its importance for 21st-century society.
The science of evolution has come a long way since Charles Darwin first proposed his theory for how species change through natural selection in 1859. This course provides an overview of the modern science of evolutionary biology, with a focus on the relevance of evolution for everyday life. Examples include the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the controversy surrounding teaching evolution in schools, and the relationship between evolution and religion. Pre-class readings will provide background information for in-class discussions. Students will select one topic for further exploration, resulting in a written essay and an oral presentation to the class.
Scott Solomon is a biologist and science writer based in Houston, TX. He received his doctorate in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin where his research examined the evolutionary basis of biological diversity in the Amazon Basin. He has worked as a visiting researcher with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and the Universidade Estadual Paulista in Rio Claro, Brazil. Scott currently teaches ecology, evolutionary biology, and scientific communication as a Professor in the Practice at Rice University. He also speaks and writes about science for the general public. Scott’s writing and photography have appeared in publications such as Slate, Nautilus, Aeon, and Wired.com and his first book, Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution was published by Yale University Press in October, 2016.
Term: Fall 2018
Start Date: Sept. 05, 2018
End Date: Nov. 14, 2018
Schedule: 6:15 – 9:30 p.m.
Location: Rice campus
Note: This course is part of the Graduate Liberal Studies program. For more information on how to apply, click ADMISSIONS below.