Biology Concentration for Major Program

 

Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary biology is an organizing principle of biology. It is the study of the patterns of the history of life and the processes that shaped it. Evolutionary biologists aim to understand how biodiversity is generated and lost over time.


Research approaches include: how organisms are related, how organisms adapt to their environment, how the processes of natural selection, genetic drift, and migration shape natural and laboratory populations, what the fossil record reveals about the history of life, and how novelty in organisms arise.

KEY COURSES:
Credits
Department
Courses Course Title
3
Biology
BIOL 304
Evolution
3
BIOL 305
Animal Diversity
3
 
BIOL 307
Behavioural Ecology
3
 
BIOL 320
Evolution of Brain and Behaviour
3
 
BIOL 324
Ecological Genetics
3
 
BIOL 331
Ecology/Behaviour Field Course
3
 
BIOL 352
Vertebrate Evolution
3
 
BIOL 373
Biometry
3
 
BIOL 377
Independent Reading Project
3
 
BIOL 463
Mammalian Evolution
3
 
BIOL 466
Independent Research Project 1
3
 
BIOL 467
Independent Research Project 2
6
 
BIOL 468D1/D2
Independent Research Project 3
9
 
BIOL 469D1/D2
Independent Research Project 4
3
 
BIOL 569
Developmental Evolution
3
 
BIOL 573
Vertebrate Paleontology Field Studies
3
 
BIOL 594
Advanced Evolutionary Ecology
       
OTHER SUGGESTED COURSES IN ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY:
for rules and restrictions of courses taken outside Arts & Science, please consult http://www.mcgill.ca/science/student/continuingstudents/bsc/outside
3
Biology
BIOL 335
Marine Mammals
3
 
BIOL 350
Insect Biology and Control
3
BIOL 427
Herpetology
3
BIOL 428
Biological Diversity in Africa
3
BIOL 463
Mammalian Evolution
3
Plant Science
PLNT 358
Flowering Plant Diversity
3
Res. Development
WILD 420
Ornithology
       
OTHER SUGGESTED COURSES IN GENETICS AND DEVELOPMENT:
3
Biology
BIOL 300
Molecular Biology of the Gene
3
BIOL 303
Developmental Biology
       
OTHER SUGGESTED COURSES IN ECOLOGY AND BEHAVIOUR:
3
Biology
BIOL 309
Mathematical Models in Biology
3
 
BIOL 429
East African Ecology
3
 
BIOL 434
Theoretical Ecology
3
 
BIOL 507
Animal Communication
3
 
BIOL 515
Advances in Aquatic Ecology
3
Redpath Museum
REDM 405
East African Natural History

 


Animal Behaviour | Biological Diversity & Systematics | Conservation Biology
Evolutionary Biology | Human Genetics | Molecular Genetics & Development
Neurobiology | Ecology