This popular course has the benefit of an excellent textbook, The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution by science writer Carl Zimmer. In our fast-paced tour of all things evolution we cover a chapter for each of the 15 weeks of the semester and, despite the pace, I have heard several students comment that The Tangled Bank is the only textbook they have ever read from start to finish.
This class satisfies some upper-level writing requirements. With this in mind, a major goal of this class is for the students to learn how to write, in their own style, interesting and accurate explanations of the important concepts.
A wonderful companion study guide for the textbook, written by University of Montana Forestry and Journalism faculty Alison Perkins, may be used in the course.