University of Mississippi, Department of Biology, BISC571, History of Biology

Biology 571 -- History of Biology -- Spring 2014

Dr. Stephen Threlkeld, Professor of Biology; 328 Shoemaker; 662-915-5803; stt@olemiss.edu; Office hours: MW 9-10:30 am, or by appointment.


Course Description History of major developments in biology from ancient to modern times, with emphasis on scientific methods, the role of technology, scientific communication, and societal impact.

Course readings Lois N. Magner 2002. A history of the life sciences. Third edition, revised and expanded. Marcel Dekker; Matthew Cobb. 2006. Generation. Bloomsbury; and other readings as assigned.

Course grading Grades will be based on class participation (reading, discussion, and in-class writing assignments 50%), and a take-home final examination (50%); graduate students taking the course will also be required to complete an independent research paper on a major figure or theme in the history of biology (combined in 50% of grade for participation).

Schedule of classes (200 Shoemaker Hall; TuTh 9:30-10:45 am) and assigned readings (M-Magner, C-Cobb, chapter numbers).


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