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Fall 2008
David Sloan WilsonBarbara OakleyBNP SymposiumRichard MichodMichael BellRandy OlsonWilliam RomeyChris ReiberSteven BrownBrian Boyd
Spring 2009
Dennis EmbryDavid HackerSteven PlatekSue MargulisSue Savage-RumbaughSteven NeubergHarvey WhitehouseThomas SeeleyGeorge LevineHelen Fisher
Video: "The Drive to Love and Who We Choose"
Fall 2009
Liza MoscoviceDiane M. Doran-SheehyKaren HollisPeter O. GrayChris KuzawaSteven SiegelRolf Quam
Rolf Quam 10/30/2009 EvoS Seminar Presentation
Bill JankowiakBaba BrinkmanPeter B. GrayMassimo Pigliucci
Massimo Pigliucci 12/4/2009 EvoS Seminar Presentation
Spring 2010
John GowdyDaniel LendeWilliam Harcourt-SmithTodd K. ShackelfordIain CouzinBruce HoodMelissa Emery ThompsonNancy EasterlinSteve NowickiJohn Marshall TownsendJoan Silk
Fall 2010
Josh BongardFred SmithDarryl de RuiterJay BelskyKari SegravesJulie SeamanLisa Karrer and David SimonsRick HarrisonRebecca SearTom LangenDaniel Kruger
Spring 2011
Steven C. HayesAndreas Duus PapeJessica LightMaryanne FisherGreg UrbanAndreas Koenig & Carola BorriesDaniel NettleDeane BowersCharles T. Snowdon
Fall 2011
David Sloan WilsonDavid C. LahtiRichard R. ShakerSergio AlmécijaHugo MercierLeslie C. AielloMark E. RitchieAdam LaatsLinda IvanyRalph M. GarrutoAdam Siepel
Spring 2012
John RieffelDr. Linda S. RayorDan EisenbergKevin L. PolkAndrew C. GallupKevin M. KniffinDavid DobbsNicole CameronJonathan HaidtDr. Joseph L. Graves, Jr.
Fall 2012
Barry X. KuhleCraig Eric MorrisCarin PerillouxDavid Sloan WilsonEric AlaniJesse BeringEli BridgeJaak Panksepp
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John TeehanRobert HolahanJenny Kao-KniffinShara BaileyHod LipsonDominic JohnsonMatthew HareCraig Eric MorrisBrooks MinerMichael RoseDavid Sloan Wilson
Fall 2013
Steven BrownNina FeffermanJohn Gowdy and Lisi KrallWarren Douglas AllmonTrenton HollidayJonathan GottschallArnab RoyDavid SchafferMichele GelfandJames SobelPatrick RoosEvoS Food Panel
Spring 2014
Daniel O’BrienBruce RobertsonRobert S. FeranecHeather FiumeraLuther H. MartinBjorn GrindeSarah RadtkeAleksey KolmogorovKathleen Sterling & Sébastien LacombeDebate! Evolutionary Psychology vs. Feminist CritiqueEducation Brown Bag
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Gad SaadT. Joel WadeNelson G. Hairston, Jr.Francis J. YammarinoDerek TurnerMatthew M. GervaisBernd BlosseyRolf QuamKelsey DancauseSharon Street
Spring 2015
Debra LiebermanMichael BerkmanDavid Sloan WilsonJason Munshi-SouthMa’ikwe Schaub LudwigJustin GarsonRéginald AugerDavid DaviesPatrica WrightCraig Eric MorrisMeredith E Coles
Fall 2015
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Undergraduate Courses

Key Courses

Evolution for Everyone (BIOL 105/ ANTH 280F)

4 credits. Offered each fall. Satisfies BU’s General Education Social Science requirement. Recommended introduction for those new to evolution. As of winter session 2008, now available as an online course!

This course explains the basic principles of evolution and why they are so 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)

2 credits. Offered each semester in association with the EvoS seminar series. Required at least twice for undergraduate certificate.

This course is built on the EvoS seminar series, which brings distinguished speakers to campus at regular intervals. 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 meeting with each speaker after the seminar for an extended discussion over food. 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

Introduction to Evolutionary Theory (ANTH 280B)

To some, an evolutionary perspective is the only logical one from which to study the full spectrum of human development and behavior. To others, it is a flawed attempt to diminish the enormous complexity of human cultural variation to reductive biological factors. This course will provide an introduction to the major topics and debates in historic and contemporary evolutionary theory from an anthropological perspective. Topics to be discussed include: the historical development of evolutionary thought; natural selection; Social Darwinism; eugenics; punctuated equilibrium; competition and cooperation; multilevel selection; sociobiology; evolutionary psychology; evolutionary medicine; Darwinian literary studies; and the arguments for and against (including examples of) using evolutionary theory to understand human sexual behavior. This course has no prerequisites and will be a safe place for the introduction, appreciation, and constructive criticism of multiple voices. This course receives an N.

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.

Macroevolution (BIOL 378)

Patterns and processes of evolution and the assembly of terrestrial ecosystems through deep time. Science and hypothesis testing in historical inference. Evolution and adaptation tempo and mode. Ecology of past terrestrial communities. Inferring structure/function in fossil plants and vertebrates, including dinosaurs. Causes of background and mass extinction. Biological evidence for climate change. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 117.

Cultural Evolutionary Theory (BIOL 452)

Information can be transmitted across generations by cultural in addition to genetic processes, especially in humans, but also other species. This course will review the modern study of culture as an evolutionary process, including the social and psychological mechanisms that enable cultural transmission to take place, the differences, and similarities between biological and cultural evolution, and the consequences of gene-culture co-evolution. Format may vary by sections: Prerequisites: BIOL 105 (cross-listed as ANTH 280F), ANTH 111, BIOL 351, or permission of instructor

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 247 Human Genetics
  • ANTH 248 Darwinian Medicine
  • ANTH 280B Introduction to Evolutionary Theory
  • ANTH 280F /EVOS 105 /BIOL 105 Evolution for Everyone – Social Science (N)
  • ANTH 280P Evolution Human Sexual Behavior
  • ANTH 280Z Biology, Culture and Lifestyle
  • ANTH 333 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 480T Molecular Anthropology Theory
  • ANTH 480S /LING 449S Evolution of Language
  • ANTH 480Z/BIOL 283 Archival Research in Biological Anthropology

Bioengineering Department

  • BE 202 Biological Networks
  • BE 301 Modeling Nature
  • BE 302 Adaptive Systems
  • BE 410 Complexity in Biological Systems

Department of Biological Sciences

  • BIOL 105/ EVOS105 /ANTH 280F Evolution for Everyone  – Social Science (N)
  • BIOL 117 Introduction to organismal & population biology
  • BIOL 282T Becoming an Everyday Scientist
  • BIOL 283 / ANTH 480Z Archival Research in Biological Anthropology
  • BIOL 301 Molecular Genetics
  • BIOL 330 Genes and Heredity
  • BIOL 333 Self-Organizing Systems
  • BIOL 334 Biological Networks (BE 202)
  • BIOL 340 Genetics Lab
  • BIOL 351 Mechanisms of evolution
  • BIOL 366 / GEOL 366 Paleobiology
  • BIOL 370 Botany
  • BIOL 371 Zoology
  • BIOL 372 Paleobiology
  • BIOL 373 Ecological principles and applications
  • BIOL 375 Animal behavior – Composition (C)
  • BIOL 377 Flora
  • BIOL 378 Macroevolution (W)
  • BIOL 379 Biology and Conservation of Birds
  • BIOL 425 Molecular Biology Lab
  • BIOL 428 Genomics and Proteomics
  • BIOL 435 Human Genetics
  • BIOL 441 Molecular Ecology Lab
  • BIOL 456/ANTH 480B/ PHIL 480A/ PSYC 470  Evolution & Human Beh
  • BIOL 450 Conceptual foundations in ecology, evolution and behavior
  • BIOL 451/EVOS 451 Current Topics in EvoS
  • BIOL 452 Cultural evolutionary theory
  • BIOL 453 Sociobiology
  • BIOL 454 Behavioral ecology of Primates (W)
  • 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 480 Eco-Immunology
  • BIOL 483 Behavior & Disease

Economics Department

  • ECON 335 Economics & Evolution
  • ECON 461 Game theory

English Department

  • ENG 450Q Animal Studies

Environmental Studies

  • ENVI 481E Evolving Local Sustainability

Geography Department

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

Geology Department

  • GEOL 366/ BIOL 366 Paleobiology

History Department

  • HIST 381B History of Emotions

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 121 Methods of Reasoning (M)
  • PHIL 311 Faith and Reason (C, H)
  • PHIL 313 Science & Religion

Psychology Department

  • PSYC 111 Introductory Psychology
  • SCHL 280A Evolutionary Psychology – Social Science (N)
  • PSYC 327 Evolution and Behavior
  • PSYC 380A/ANTH 380N Neuroanthropology
  • PSYC 470/ANTH 480B /BIOL 456 /PHIL 480A  Evolution & Human Beh
  • PSYC 473B / EVOS 483B Comparative Psychology
  • PSYC Psychobio 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.


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