Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
10. Plants and Civilization. (4) Lecture, three hours; demonstration, one hour. Designed for nonmajors. Origin of crop plants; man’s role in development, distribution, and modification of food, fiber, medicinal, and other plants in relation to their natural history. P/NP or letter grading.
11. Biomedical Research Issues in Minority Communities. (5) Discussion, four hours. Limited to 30 students. Discussions and student presentations on biomedical research as it affects minority communities, with emphasis on methodology, design, consequences, and ethics of current research. Discussion leaders provide information on preparation and training for research careers. P/NP or letter grading.
12. Biodiversity and Extinction: Crisis and Conservation. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of ecological and evolutionary principles necessary to understand nature and importance of worldwide environmental crisis. Research by students of specific conservation issues and presentation of results to class. P/NP or letter grading.
13. Evolution of Life. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Not open to life sciences majors. Limited to 100 students. Introduction to biology within framework of evolutionary theory. Relationships of evolutionary thought to other areas of knowledge and society. Natural selection and origin of variation examined in context of genetics, molecular biology, physiology, phylogeny, population dynamics, behavior, and ecology. Emphasis on critical role of historical processes. P/NP or letter grading.
17. Evolution for Everyone. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Exploration in detail of Darwinian natural selection, with emphasis on evidence and implications for modern problems people and societies face, including antibiotic resistance, insect resistance to pesticides, and coevolution of pollinators with crop plants. Nature of science in context of questions about ongoing real-time Darwinian processes. Letter grading.
18. Why Ecology Matters: Science Behind Environmental Issues. (5) Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours. Basic ecological concepts, scientific method, and ecological basis for local and global environmental issues. Major challenges to be faced in this century, including need to find interdisciplinary and collaborative solutions to world’s worsening environmental problems (e.g., global climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, pollution, declining water resources, declining fisheries). Environmental literacy to equip students to become leaders in growing green economy and to help forge solutions to current and future environmental crises that threaten natural resource base. P/NP or letter grading.
19. Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars. (1) Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.
21. Field Biology. (4) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours, or field trips, three to four hours. Recommended preparation: Life Sciences 15. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 122 or Life Sciences 1. Introduction to natural history of Western North America, especially Southern California. Classification, distribution, and ecology of common plants and animals. P/NP or letter grading.
25. Living Ocean. (5) Lecture, three hours; laboratory, one hour; field trips, three hours. Not open for credit to students with credit for Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 15. Physical and chemical processes that take place in oceans, with emphasis on their effects on organisms. P/NP or letter grading.
50. Desert Life. (4) Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours. Introduction to fundamental structural, physiological, and behavioral features of desert organisms, with special emphasis on deserts of Western North America. P/NP or letter grading.
89. Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to lower-division lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.
89HC. Honors Contracts. (1) Tutorial, three hours. Limited to students in College Honors Program. Designed as adjunct to lower-division lecture course. Individual study with lecture course instructor to explore topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities. May be repeated for maximum of 4 units. Individual honors contract required. Honors content noted on transcript. Letter grading.
95. Lower Division Internship in Biology. (4) Tutorial/fieldwork, three hours per week per unit. Internship course for lower-division students to be supervised by Center for Community Learning, fieldwork site, and faculty adviser. Consult Undergraduate Office for more information. May be repeated twice. Individual contract with supervising faculty member required. P/NP grading.
96. Communicating Science: Bringing Complex Concepts to Life. (2) Seminar, three hours. Limited to Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department majors. Development of tools for research, integrating and presenting complex scientific concepts concisely and effectively. Basic animation techniques and work in groups to illustrate life sciences concepts. How to engage audiences and convey clear messages. Letter grading.
97. Variable Topics in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. (1 to 4) Seminar, three to 12 hours. Current issues in research in ecology and evolutionary biology. Consult Schedule of Classes for topics and instructors. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. P/NP or letter grading.
97XA. PEERS Freshman Seminar: Succeeding in Science. (1) (Formerly numbered 97X.) Seminar, one hour. Limited to students in Program for Excellence in Education and Research in Sciences (PEERS). Series of lectures, workshops, and discussions to enhance student success in sciences by developing critical academic survival skills, acquainting students with practice of science, and highlighting opportunities available to participate in research as undergraduate students. P/NP grading.
97XB. PEERS Sophomore Seminar: Pathways in Science. (1) Seminar, one hour. Limited to students in Program for Excellence in Education and Research in Sciences (PEERS). Series of lectures and workshops to enhance student success in sciences by acquainting students with practice of science, opportunities available to participate in research as undergraduate students, and careers available to students with science degrees. P/NP grading.
97XC. AAP Freshman Seminar: Succeeding in Science Majors and Careers. (1) Seminar, one hour. Limited to science majors in Academic Advancement Program (AAP) who took Mathematics 1 in fall term. Series of lectures, workshops, and discussions designed to enhance student success in sciences by developing critical academic survival skills, acquainting students with campus resources, introducing students to practice of science, and highlighting opportunities available to participate in research as undergraduate students. P/NP grading.
99. Student Research Program. (1 to 2) Tutorial (supervised research or other scholarly work), three hours per week per unit. Entry-level research for lower-division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). Individual contract required; consult Undergraduate Research Center. May be repeated. P/NP grading.