Integrative Biology 35 AC: Human Biological Variation

This is a 300 student lecture course that addresses modern human biological variation from historical, comparative, evolutionary, biomedical, and cultural perspectives. It is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of comparative biology, evolutionary theory, and genetics as it relates to their everyday lives — how they view the diversity of people around them. There are no prerequisites for this class as it is designed for non-majors (although biology majors can and do enroll). The course web site is available to enrolled students through UC Berkeley’s bCourses. We are adding a Wikipedia project to the class, starting Fall 2016.

4 units. IB35AC is taught every fall semester and is part of the University’sAmerican Cultures Program.

Integrative Biology 263: Genetics and Evolution of the Skeleton

This course will be somewhat flexible over the duration of the semester in order to address the interests and strengths of the students. The overall objective is to introduce morphologically-oriented students to the genetic underpinnings of morphological variation and evolution, and to likewise ask genetics students to explore the implications of their research for morphological evolution. The idea is to walk the edge between genotypic and phenotypic evolution. Graduate students from either genetic or morphological backgrounds are welcome. A strong background in evolutionary biology is necessary. Advanced undergraduate students with a demonstrated ability to succeed in the course may enroll with permission of the instructor.

2 units. IB 263 is taught every spring semester.

Integrative Biology 265: Advanced Studies in Hominid Paleobiology

This seminar covers topical issues in the field of human evolutionary studies. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students and the occasional advanced undergraduate student. Topics vary from semester to semester, and so the course can be repeated for credit.

2 units. IB 265 is co-taught every spring semester with Prof. Tim White.