Courses (2019-2020)

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Evolution and Ecology Undergraduate and Graduate Courses for 2019-2020

  • COURSES BY COURSE NUMBER:  Evolution and Ecology courses listed by course number and being offered during the 2019-2020 academic year are below.
  • COURSES BY QUARTER:  Click here to see a listing of the Evolution and Ecology undergraduate courses that are being offered during the 2019-2020 academic year BY QUARTER. 
  • ALL COURSES:  A listing of all Evolution and Ecology undergraduate and graduate courses is available here


Contact EEB Undergraduate Advisors Joyce Fernandez or Sophisty Ney if you have any questions on courses and the EEB major.

  • EVE 2: Biodiversity (3)

    Offered: Winter (Lewin)

    No prerequisites (same course as ENT 2)

    Introduction to nature, scope and geographical distribution of biodiversity (the diversity of life, with emphasis on plants and animals, especially insects). Humans and biodiversity - domestication, aesthetics, ethics and valuation. Species richness and “success.” Biodiversity through time; monitoring, evaluation and conservation. GE credit: SE, SL, WE.

  • EVE 10: Evolution for Non-Biologists (4)

    Offered: Fall – Odd-Numbered Years (Begun)

    No prerequisites

    Introduction to evolutionary biology for the general population. GE credit: QL, SE, SL

  • EVE 12: Life in the Sea (3)

    Offered: Spring (Wainwright)

    No Prerequisites

    Diversity of life in the sea; adaptations to physical/chemical ocean environment; marine science research methods; utilization of living marine resources by humans; factors and processes that influence diversity of sea life, including humans. GE credit: SE, SL

  • EVE 16: Wild Davis: A California Naturalist Certification Course (4) 

    Offered: Spring (Gerhart-Barley)

    No Prerequisites

    Lecture and fieldwork.  Natural history and urban ecology of Davis. Basics of ecological observation, community science and service, and California’s unique natural communities. If fee is paid, completion of the course provides certification in the UC California Naturalist Program.

  • EVE 92: Internship (1-12)

    Prerequisites: Lower division standing and consent of instructor

    Work experience off and on campus in all subject areas offered in the Department of Evolution and Ecology. Internships supervised by a member of the faculty. P/NP grading only.

  • EVE 99: Special Study for Lower Division Students (1-5)

    P/NP grading only.

  • EVE 100: Introduction to Evolution (4)

    Offered: Fall (Ramirez), Winter (Begun), and Spring (TBA)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C or 2A, 2B, 2C, and 101; Mathematics 16A, 16B, 16C or the equivalent; Statistics 13 or 100 (Statistics 100 recommended)

    Lecture: 3 hrs.; discussion: 1 hr.

    A general survey of the origins of biological diversity and evolutionary mechanisms.

  • EVE 101: Introduction to Ecology (4)

    Offered: Fall (Lyberger), Winter (Gremer), and Spring (Strong)

    Prerequisites: Prerequisite(s): (BIS 002A, BIS 002B, BIS 002C); (MAT 016A or MAT 017A or MAT 021A); (MAT 016B or MAT 017B or MAT 021B); or the equivalent.

    Lecture: 3 hrs.; lecture/discussion: 1 hr.

    A general survey of the principles of ecology.  GE credit: QL, SE, SL, VL.

  • EVE 103: Phylogeny and Macroevolution (4)  

    Offered: Winter – Even-Numbered Years (Moore, Turelli)

    Prerequisites: Course 100

    Lecture: 3 hrs.; laboratory/discussion: 3 hrs.

    Patterns and processes of evolution above the species level. Homology, homoplasy, and character evolution. Adaptive radiation; modes and rates of diversification. Evolution of complexity, and macroevolution of the genome. Principles of phlyogeny reconstruction and their application to macroevolutionary studies.  GE credit: QL, SE, SL.

  • EVE 107: Animal Communication (4) 

    Offered: Fall – Odd-Numbered Years (Patricelli)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1B or 2B

    Lecture: 3 hrs; discussion: 1 hr

    How animals use songs, dances, colors, chemicals, electricity and vibrations to communicate. Mechanisms of signal production and detection (sensory system), theory of information transfer and signal design, and the role of natural selection in shaping communication.  GE credit: QL, SE, VL.

  • EVE 108: Systematics and Evolution of Angiosperms (5)

    Offered: Spring (Potter)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C or 2A, 2B, 2C (same course as PLB 108)

    Lecture: 3 hrs; laboratory: 6 hrs

    Diversity and classification of angiosperms (flowing plants) on a world scale, and current understanding of the origin of angiosperms and evolutionary relations and trends within them based on morphological and molecular evidence.

  • EVE 109: Molecular Ecology (4)

    Offered: Fall (Bay)

    Prerequisites: EVE 100

    Lecture: 3 hrs; discussion: 1 hour

    This course will provide a survey of molecular ecology methods, emphasizing how genetic tools can be applied to relevant questions in ecology and conservation.

  • EVE 111: Marine Environmental Issues (1)

    Offered: Spring - Davis Campus (Todgham); SS I Bodega Marine Laboratory (TBA)

    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

    For summer, please also note: Concurrent enrollment in at least one course from Environmental Science and Policy 124, 152, course 106, 110, 114; residence at or near Bodega Marine Laboratory required. Student must complete the application available at May be repeated two times for credit. (Same course as Environmental Science and Policy 111.)

    Spring Discussion: 1 hr. (10 weeks)

    Summer Discussion: 1 hr., seminar: 2 hrs. (6 weeks)

    Readings and group discussion of critical environmental issues in coastal waters. The course will connect material from concurrent courses at BML and provide students with an integrative understanding of marine environments and conservation. The course will include two invited seminars/lectures by recognized experts.

  • EVE 112: Biology of Invertebrates (3)  

    Offered: Winter – Even-Numbered Years (Sanford)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1B, or 2B and 2C; courses in systematics, ecology and evolution recommended; course 112L concurrently

    Lecture: 3 hrs.

    Survey of the invertebrate phyla emphasizing aquatic forms and focusing on morphology, development, natural history, and phylogenetic relationships.

  • EVE 112L: Biology of Invertebrates Laboratory (2)

    Offered: Winter – Even-Numbered Years (Sanford)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1B, or 2B and 2C; course 112 concurrently

    Laboratory: 6 hrs.

    Field and laboratory experience with representative members of the invertebrate phyla discussed in course 112. Emphasis on comparative morphology, natural history, ecology, and behavior of living invertebrates.

  • EVE 114: Experimental Invertebrate Biology (3)

    Offered: SS I (Sanford)

    Prerequisite: upper division standing or consent of instructor; introductory cell, animal, and plant biology (Biological Sciences 1A, 1B and 1C or 2A, 2B and 2C), invertebrate zoology (EVE 112), ecology (EVE 101), and/or evolution (EVE 100) are recommended; residence at or near Bodega Marine Laboratory required. Student must complete the application available at

    Lecture: 2 hrs.; discussion: 1 hr.; laboratory: 3 hrs.; fieldwork: 3 hrs.

    Functional biology, ecology, and evolution of local marine invertebrates, with an emphasis on adaptations to physical and biological factors encountered on the California coast. The course will offer a strong field and lab component and will emphasize testing hypotheses that are generated by the class.

  • EVE 117: Plant Ecology (4)

    Offered: Fall (Gremer)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1A, 1B, 1C or 2A, 2B, 2C; Plant Biology 111 recommended

    Lecture: 3 hrs.; fieldwork: 3 hrs.

    The study of the interactions between plants, plant populations or vegetation types and their physical and biological environment. Special emphasis on California.

  • EVE 120: Global Change Ecology (3)

    Offered: Spring (Gerhart-Barley and Hernandez); and SS2 (Gaylord - Offered at BML)

    Prerequisites: Course 100 and 101 or equivalents

    Lecture/Discussion: 3 hrs.

    Treatment of historical evolution of the biosphere resulting from physical, chemical, and biological influences. Topics pertain to biodiversity, resources, conservation, and ecosystem services.

  • EVE 131: Human Genetic Variation and Evolution (3)  

    Offered: Fall – Odd-Numbered Years (Rannala)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 1B or 2B

    Lecture: 3 hrs.

    Introduction to genome-wide nucleotide sequence variation in human populations and computational methods for its analysis.

  • EVE 149: Evolution of Ecological Systems (4)  

    Offered: Fall – Odd-Numbered Years (Shapiro)

    Prerequisites: Course 101 or Environmental Science and Policy 100 (or the equivalent); course 100 (or the equivalent)

    Lecture: 3 hrs; term paper

    Evolution as an organizing force in natural communities. Coadaptation in trophic and competitive relationships. Ecology of polymorphisms, clines, and speciation.

  • EVE 161: Microbial Phylogenomics - Genomic Perspectives on the Diversity and Diversification of Microbes (3)  

    Offered: Winter – Even-Numbered Years (Eisen)

    Prerequisites: Biological Sciences 2A, 2B, 2C

    Lecture: 3 hrs.

    Use of DNA and genomic sequencing in studies of the diversity of microorganisms. Diversity of microbes, phylogenetics, genome sequencing, comparative genomics, phylogenomics, lateral gene transfer, molecular ecology, metagenomics, and studies of the human microbiome.

  • EVE 189: Introduction to Biological Research (1)

    Prerequisites: upper division standing in Evolution and Ecology or related biological science

    Discussion: 1 hr.

    Introduction to research methods in biology. Presentation and discussion of research by faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. May be repeated for credit up to a total of 6 units. P/NP grading only.

  • EVE 190: Undergraduate Seminar (2)

    Offered: Fall (Shapiro)

    Prerequisite: upper division standing in the biological sciences or a related discipline

    Seminar: 2 hrs.

    Student reports on current topics with emphasis on integration of concepts, synthesis, and state-of-the-art research approaches. Reviews of literature and reports of undergraduate research may be included. May be repeated for credit, P/NP grading only.

  • EVE 192: Internship (1-12)

    Prerequisites: completion of 84 units and consent of instructor

    Internship: 3-36 hrs.

    Work experience off and on campus in all subject areas offered in the Department of Evolution and Ecology. Internships supervised by a member of the faculty. P/NP grading only.

  • EVE 194HA-194HB-194HC: Research Honors (2 units per quarter)

    Prerequisites: Students who have completed 135 units and qualify for the honors program (as defined by the General Catalog)

    Laboratory: 6 hrs.

    Students pursue intensive research under the guidance of an Evolution and Ecology faculty member as research adviser. Students are expected to complete the full three-quarter sequence culminating in the writing of an honors thesis. Deferred grading only, pending completion of sequence.  Letter graded.

  • EVE 197T: Tutoring (1-2)

    Prerequisite: Biological Sciences 1B or Biological Sciences 2B with a grade of B or better

    Tutorial: 3-6 hrs.

    Assisting the instructor by tutoring students in a Biological Sciences laboratory. Experience in teaching under guidance of the staff. P/NP grading only.

  • EVE 198: Directed Group Study (1-5)

    Offered: Winter (Winter Quarter Seminar (EVE 198): Society of Conservation Biology)

    No prerequisites

    This course is run by graduate students and other members of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB). They will be presenting their current research in the exciting field of conservation biology. Each week there will be a different topic presented due to the diverse specialties of each of the presenters. P/NP grading only.

    Students may retake this course multiple times because each year has a different pool of presenters.

  • EVE 199: Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5)

    P/NP grading only

    Students must have completed 84 units in order to undertake 199 coursework.


  • EVE 210: Molecular Phylogenetic Analysis (3)

    Offered: Not being offered

  • EVE 211: Applied Phylogenetics (3)

    Offered: Spring (Moore and Wainwright)

    Prerequisites: EVE 103 or EVE 210 or PBG 200C; Or equivalent, graduate standing.

    Lecture 2 hours; Laboratory 3 hours

    Applications of phylogenetic methods to fields outside of systematics. Core lectures/labs in remedial phylogenetics, phylogeography, conservation and comparative morphology. Special topics very yearly. May be repeated up to 1 time.

  • EVE 220: Species and Speciation (3)

    Offered: Winter - Even-Numbered Years (Shapiro)

    Prerequisites: EVE 100 or PHI 108; Or the equivalent; HPS 130B recommended

    Lecture 2 hours; Discussion 1 hour

    Current status of species concepts, models of speciation, current research on speciation, and relevance of species to conservation biology.

  • EVE 231: Principles of Biological Data Analysis (3)

    Offered: Fall 2019 (Rannala)

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing

    Lecture 2 hours; Laboratory 3 hours

    Introduction to the principles of data analysis, experimental design, statistical modeling, inference, and hypothesis tests. Statistical methods of particular importance in biological applications will be emphasized. Examples will be presented from the fields of ecology and evolutionary genetics. (S/U grading only.)

  • EVE 290C: Research Conference (1)

    Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor, graduate standing.

    Presentation and discussion of faculty and graduate student research in biology. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.)

  • EVE 298: Group Study (1-5)

    Variable.  Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.  (S/U grading only.)

  • EVE 299: Research (1-5)

    Variable.  Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor.  (S/U grading only.)

  • EVE 390: Methods of Teaching (2)

    Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor. Graduate Standing.

    Lecture 1 hour; Discussion 1 hour.

    Practical experience in the methods and problems of teaching. Includes analyses of texts and supporting material, discussion of teaching techniques and preparing and conducting of laboratory and discussion sections.  May be repeated up to 8 units.  (S/U grading only.)


Bodega Marine Laboratory EVE Courses

Residence at or near Bodega Marine Lab is required for BML coursework.

The UC Davis General Catalog has Department of Evolution and Ecology undergraduate and graduate course information.


As of September 27, 2019