And, while the basic concepts of evolution are simple, the mechanisms that drive it can be quite complex. Variation, inheritance, survival, and reproduction are key to the success of a species, and your studies will include classes in genetics, anatomy and physiology, to understand how adaptations aid in survival, and how these successful traits can be inherited. Classes in ecology will demonstrate the complex interactions between organisms and how their evolution is co-dependent on others, and classes in animal behavior will illustrate how unique and varied concepts in an organisms behavior affect its evolution. Classes in organismal biology, such as vertebrate zoology or botany, will illustrate the evolutionary history of organisms and their unique adaptations that create the biodiversity we see today. Finally, the major’s course in evolution integrates all of these concepts into a coherent picture of how evolutionary biology shapes the world we live in.
The single theory that unites all of the life sciences is the Darwin-Wallace theory of evolution by natural selection. This concept explains such seemingly divergent topics as wildlife conservation, emerging diseases, the rise of mammals, or the biodiversity in a coral reef. All living organisms are under the same laws of nature, and it is this suite of laws that shape and direct the complexity of life.