Sample of Courses at American University

Evolution and Society

The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of evolution and how it shapes our lives and our planet. The course is divided into three sections. In section one we learn about the history of evolutionary theory and our current understanding of the earth's evolutionary past. This includes topics such as the origin of the universe, the fossil record and dating techniques, plate tectonics and biogeography. Section two focuses on evolutionary genetics -- how genes are passed from generation to generation and how gene flow between populations influences the speed and direction of evolution. We also investigate how modern practices, such as gene therapy, influence current patterns of natural selection and evolution. Finally, in section three, we discuss how ecology, conservation biology, and human population growth are tied to evolution and the path human evolution will take in the future. We end this section and the course by contrasting the influence of biological versus cultural evolution for modern technologically-based humans and consider how topics such as reproductive technology fit into the nature/nurture debate.


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Structure and Function of the Human Body

 

The goals of this course are to: (1) learn the relationship between the structure and function of the organ systems of the human body, (2) understand the basis of normal function of the body and how it is altered by disease, (3) appreciate how an understanding of structure and function has led to advances in medical diagnostics, and (4) develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving in relation to our understanding of human structure and function. While there is no laboratory section associated with this course, hands-on demonstrations will be incorporated into lecture material to provide a practical framework for the information presented within lectures.


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Physiological Theater

 

Introduction to Genetics With Laboratory


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Genetics Problems

 

Molecular Biology


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