Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Summer Courses


    Developmental and Physiological Biology

  • BIOE 20B

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    Topics in morphology, physiology, development, genetics, and endocrinology selected to exemplify current issues and perspectives in organismic biology. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A.

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  • Ecology and Evolution

  • BIOE 20C

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    Introduction to ecology and evolution covering principles of evolution at the molecular, organismal, and population levels. Evolutionary topics include genetic and phenotypic variation, natural selection, adaptation, speciation, and macroevolution. Also covers behavioral, population, and community ecology including applied ecological issues. 

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  • Ecology

  • BIOE 107 (online)

    Session 1

    Online only class. Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    Focuses on physiological, behavioral, and population ecology, and on linking ecological processes to evolution. It includes basic principles, experimental approaches, concepts of modeling, and applications to ecological problems. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C.

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  • Marine Ecology

  • BIOE 108

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    Paradigms and designs in marine ecology. A review of the paradigms that have shaped our understanding of marine ecology; analysis and discussion of experiments with these paradigms. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 208. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C; BIOE 107 or 140 recommended. 

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  • Evolution (online)

  • BIOE 109

    Session 2

    This course is offered completely online.

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    An examination of the history and mechanisms of evolutionary change. Topics include molecular evolution, natural and sexual selection, adaptation, speciation, biogeography, and macroevolution. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, BIOE 20C, and BIOL 105. 

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  • Invertebrate Zoology

  • BIOE 122/L

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    An examination of invertebrates and their habitats. Lecture format. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C. BIOE 122L must be taken concurrently.

    Invertebrate Zoology Laboratory (2 credits)
    An examination of invertebrates and their habitats. Weekly laboratories or field trips. Students are billed a materials fee. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C. BIOE 122 must be taken concurrently. 

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  • Ecosystems of California (online)

  • BIOE 125

    8-Week

    Online only class.

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students by instructor's discretion.

    A survey of the diversity, structure, and functioning of California's ecosystems through time and the ways they have influenced and responded to human activities and stewardship. Topics include: ecosystem drivers such as climate, soils, and land-use history; human and ecological prehistory; comparative marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystem dynamics; and managed ecosystems such as range, fisheries, and agriculture. Prerequisite(s): previous or concurrent enrollment in courses 100/100L. Also listed as ENVS 125. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.) 

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  • Ichthyology

  • BIOE 127/L

    Session 1

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    An introduction to the biology of jawless, cartilaginous, and bony fishes—their classification, evolution, form, physiology, and ecology. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C. BIOE 127L must be taken concurrently. Offered in alternate academic years.

    Ichthyology Laboratory (2 credits)
    One laboratory session a week and several field trips to study the biology of fish. Students are billed a materials fee. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C. BIOE 127 must be taken concurrently. Offered in alternate academic years. 

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  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

  • BIOE 134/L

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    Course focuses on vertebrate form and function: an integration of physiology and biomechanics. Topics include: the physiology and biomechanics underlying vertebrate locomotion; vertebrate feeding; and the morphological changes associated with different locomotion and feeding strategies through evolutionary time. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B and BIOE 20C. Concurrent enrollment in BIOE 134L is required.

    Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Laboratory (2 credits)
    Course focuses on the gross dissections all major clades of vertebrates: development, form, and diversity of organ systems and basic principles of evolution; vertebrate classification; and functional morphology, with emphasis on feeding and locomotion. Anatomical dissections integrated with the associated lecture material focusing on biomechanics, form, and function. Students are billed for a materials fee. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B and BIOE 20C. Concurrent enrollment in BIOE 134 is required. 

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  • Behavioral Ecology

  • BIOE 140

    Session 2

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for visiting students.

    An introduction to social and reproductive behavior. Emphasis on studies of vertebrates in their natural habitat. Ideas concerning the evolution of social behavior, mating systems, and individual reproductive strategies. Case histories of well-studied animals that illustrate key principles in courtship and mating, parental behavior, and food-getting behavior. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A, BIOE 20B, and BIOE 20C.

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  • Freshwater Ecology

  • BIOE 155

    Session 1

    Provides an overview of the physical, chemical, and biological processes that characterize inland waters such as lakes, streams, rivers, and wetlands. Also addresses relationships between humans and freshwater, and discusses these challenges in conservation. 

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