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Fall 2017-2018
* EEB 211 / MOL 211 (STL)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Life on Earth: Chaos and Clockwork of Biological Design

Joshua Akey
Andrew P. Dobson
Daniel I. Rubenstein
Katherine M. Sullivan

An examination of how life evolved and how organisms function. Design--'intelligent' and otherwise--will provide a unifying theme. Why do some microbes produce slime and others do not? Why are males brightly colored in some species, but in others females are the showy sex? Why do humans have knees that fail whereas horses and zebras do not? These and other 'why is it so' questions related to the origin and history of life, genetic code, biochemistry, physiology, morphology and body plans, sex and reproduction, cooperation, and ecosystems will be explored. This course is required of all EEB majors and fulfills a requirement for medical school.

Sample reading list:
See instructor,

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly reading assignments in textbook and lab manual.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 35%
Lab Reports - 40%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators

United States Travel Required

Other information:
Two lectures and one laboratory per week. Lectures will be Monday and Wednesday, and design problems and interactive discussions will take place after a break during the latter portion of the 80-minute lecture period. The "hands-on" laboratory component of the course will include multi-week, theme-based open-ended laboratory investigations as well as field trips to local sites in the Princeton area and the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20108 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W        Enrolled:159 Limit:200
20107 B01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M        Enrolled:20 Limit:20 Closed
20113 B02 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M        Enrolled:20 Limit:20 Closed
20109 B03 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T        Enrolled:19 Limit:20
20110 B04 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T        Enrolled:11 Limit:20
20111 B05 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W        Enrolled:20 Limit:20 Closed
20114 B06 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W        Enrolled:14 Limit:20
20115 B07 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th        Enrolled:18 Limit:20
20112 B08 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th        Enrolled:6 Limit:20
20116 B09 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm W        Enrolled:20 Limit:20 Closed
20117 B10 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm W        Enrolled:11 Limit:20