Paleobiology and History of Life

Course Number: 
SIO 255
Course Description: 
An introduction to the major biological transitions in Earth history from the origins of metabolism and cells to the evolution of complex societies. The nature and limitations of the fossil record, patterns of adaptation and diversity, and the tempo and mode of biological evolution. Laboratories and substantial field component complement and extend lecture material. Program and/or material fee may apply. Graduate students, additionally, will give oral presentation or research paper.
Prerequisites: 
graduate-level standing or consent of instructor
Number of Units: 
6