2011-12 General Bulletin

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Phone: 216-368-2264; Fax: 216-368-5334
Cynthia Beall, Program Director

This is an archived copy of the 2011-12 Bulletin. To access the most recent version of the bulletin, please visit http://bulletin.case.edu.

The program in Evolutionary Biology is designed to provide students with knowledge of macro- and micro-evolutionary processes underlying the evolution and diversification of life on Earth and an understanding of the meta-scientific issues involved in this unique field of study.

The program includes grounding in the history and philosophy of evolutionary thought and alternative conceptualizations of the mechanisms, patterns, and processes of evolution. It emphasizes evolutionary theory, foundations of ecology and genetics, focused study of particular organisms or groups of organisms, and the dynamics of evolutionary principles in scientific inquiry. 

Department Faculty

Cynthia Beall, PhD
Professor of Anthropology; Director, Evolutionary Biology Program

Mark D. Adams, PhD
Associate Professor of Genetics, School of Medicine

Radhika Atit, PhD
Warren E. Rupp Distinguished Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Darin Croft, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anatomy, School of Medicine

Yohannes Haile-Selassie, PhD
Curator and Head of Physical Anthropology, Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Joseph Koonce, PhD
Professor of Biology

Bruce Latimer, PhD
Associate Professor of Anatomy, School of Medicine

Peter McCall, JD, PhD
Professor of Geological Sciences

Scott Simpson, PhD
Professor of Anatomy, School of Medicine

Mark Willis, PhD
Associate Professor of Biology

Peter A. Zimmerman, PhD
Associate Professor, Center for Global Health and Diseases, School of Medicine

Undergraduate Programs


Evolutionary biology is a second major, to be pursued in conjunction with a conventional disciplinary major. Up to 12 credits in required and elective courses taken by students for their first major may be applied to their evolutionary biology major.

The 30-credit interdisciplinary major in evolutionary biology consists of:

  1. Three foundation courses
  2. One senior seminar
  3. One course in ecology
  4. One course in the philosophy/history of science
  5. Four approved electives

The approved electives may include additional courses from the list of philosophy/history of science courses (see below). In consultation with a major advisor, students will tailor intensive study to suit particular interests within the major.

Required courses:
BIOL 251Introduction to Organismal and Population Systems3
or BIOL 214 Genes, Evolution and Ecology
GEOL 210Historical Geology/Paleontology3
HSTY/PHIL 394Seminar in Evolutionary Biology3
Additional required courses (one from each area)
Development and Physiology
Aquatic Biology
Principles of Ecology
Philosophy/History of Science3
Science in Western Thought I
Science in Western Thought II
Introduction to Historiography of Science
Natural Philosophy I
Natural Philosophy II
Topics in Philosophy of Science
Philosophical Issues in Genetics
Approved electives12
Introduction to Human Evolution
Comparative Primate Behavior
Darwinian Medicine
Topics in Evolutionary Biology
Evolutionary Biology Capstone
Human Ecology: The Biology of Human Adaptability
Epidemiology and the Evolution of Human Diseases
Anthropology SAGES Capstone
Child Policy Externship and Capstone
Human Evolution: The Fossil Evidence
Human Osteology
Vertebrate Biology
Evolutionary Biology of the Invertebrates
Animal Behavior
Principles of Developmental Biology
Evo-Devo: Evolution of Body Plans
Total Units30



The 15-credit interdisciplinary minor consists of three foundation courses and two approved electives. In consultation with a minor advisor, students will tailor intensive study to suit their particular interests.

Required courses:
BIOL 251Introduction to Organismal and Population Systems3
or BIOL 214 Genes, Evolution and Ecology
GEOL 210Historical Geology/Paleontology3
Two approved electives selected in consulation with advisor6
Total Units15