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    Macalester College
  Jan 21, 2018
College Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

BIOL 112 - Origins

Life! It is everywhere on Earth, from the poles to the equator, from the deepest oceans to the tallest mountains, from frozen ice to boiling hot springs. Over the last 3.6 billion years, living organisms on Earth have evolved and adapted to almost every imaginable environment. In this course we will journey back to the beginning of the story and explore the major originations and transitions of life on Earth, from the origin of life itself to the development of flight, flowering plants, and the return of land-dwelling organisms to the sea. This is a course about evolution on a grand scale, set on the Earth’s remarkable stage. Counts toward a biology minor. Three lecture hours per week. Offered most years. (4 Credits)