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NST 1A Evolution and Behaviour

mouseThis course introduces the major principles of evolutionary theory, and ranges from the origins of life, through the evolution of plants and animals to the evolution of behaviour. It prepares for subsequent biology courses that require an understanding of evolution and behaviour. The course consists of five half-term sections

  • evolutionary theory
  • the origins of cells and the evolution of plants
  • the evolution and diversity of animals
  • the evolution of behaviour
  • primate and human evolution and behaviour

An A level in Biology is not an essential requirement for this course, but some sixth-form level experience of Biology (e.g. AS level, IB, Scottish Highers) is definitely useful background. It is taught jointly by the Departments of Biological Anthropology, Biochemistry, Experimental Psychology, Genetics, Plant Sciences and Zoology.

Lectures: take place on Thursdays, Saturdays and Tuesdays at 11am

Practicals: every two weeks on either Mondays 12 - 1 and 2 - 5 or Tuesdays 12 - 1 and 2 - 5.

Course Co-ordinator: Dr John Welch, Genetics,

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The course timetable can be seen here