Five College Consortium

Adaptation & Organism

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2014
Subject Name: 
Biology
Course Number: 
181
Institution: 
Amherst College

An introduction to the evolution, ecology, and behavior of organisms and how these relate to the diversity of life. Following a discussion of the core components of evolutionary theory, we'll examine how evolutionary processes have shaped morphological, anatomical, physiological, and behavioral adaptations in organisms that solve many of life's problems, ranging from how to find or acquire food and avoid being eaten, to how to attract and locate mates, and how to optimize reproduction throughout a lifetime. We'll relate and compare characteristics of animals, plants, fungi, protists, and bacteria, examining how and why these organisms have arrived at various solutions to life's problems. Laboratory exercises will complement lectures and will involve field experiments on natural selection and laboratory studies of vertebrates, invertebrates and plants. Four classroom hours and three laboratory hours per week.


Spring semester.  Professors Clotfelter, Miller, and Levin, and Lab Coordinator Emerson.

Linked Course: 
Multiple required components--lab and/or discussion section. To register, submit requests for all components simultaneously.
Linked Course Comments: 
You must take one section for each of the following coreqs : BIOL-181L,BIOL-181F
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.
Schedule #: 
BIOL-181-01-1314S

Course Sections

Adaptation & Organism
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Ethan Clotfelter, Jill Miller, Rachel Levin edclotfelter@amherst.edu; jsmiller@amherst.edu; rlevin@amherst.edu MWF 09:00AM-09:50AM MEAD 115