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Are we humans just “souped-up” fish?! How did the human animal come to be what it is? What evidence of our evolution lies within our own bodies? How are we like fish? Worms? Even bacteria? Through paleontology (fossils), genetics, molecular biology, comparative embryology and comparative anatomy – we will reconstruct the history and examine the evidence for the building of human bodies through evolutionary adaptations. What is Natural Selection? Is Evolution true? We will explore all the evidence - ranging from biogeography to geology, from molecular biology to physiology - so the student can decide.
- Describe the scientific method, explain how it is different from other ways of knowing, and why science has become such a powerful tool; define theory, describe how hypotheses are proven; demonstrate critical thinking skills. (QEP)
- Explain both the process of Evolution by Natural Selection, and the evidence for evolution from paleontology, genetics, molecular biology, comparative embryology, comparative anatomy, physiology, biogeography, and geology.
- Trace the evolution of humans and explain the evidence for the building of human bodies through evolutionary adaptations.
- Explain the functioning of DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, and explain that evolutionary transformations often involve using ancient genes in new ways.
- Visualize events that happened millions and billions of years ago.
- Appreciate that the evidence and knowledge about basic evolution are so strong, that for all intents and purposes, they are facts.
- Use their knowledge of the Natural Sciences with integrity to make decisions and apply values impacting their University, their communities, their government, their Earth. (Saint Leo Core Value)