Courses Offered

I. Required Graduate courses (6 courses)

BiSc 207 Current Topics in Systematics
BiSc 210 Phylogenetic Systematics
BiSc 211 Biogeography
BiSc 213 Principles of Taxonomy: Documenting Biodiversity
BiSc 216 Morphological Systematics
BiSc 225 Molecular Phylogenetics

II. Graduate courses that emphasize a phylogenetic approach but are not required; Students pick those courses relevant to their program of studies.

BiSc 204 Invertebrate Zoology Seminar
BiSc 214 Phylogenetic Basis of Comparative Biology
BiSc 215 Vertebrate Phylogeny
BiSc 217 Arthropod Phylogeny
BiSc 218 Immune Systems in Plants and Animals
BiSc 224 Molecular Evolution
BiSc 228 Population Genetics

For course descriptions and additional courses see the Graduate Bulletin.

III. Undergraduate courses in which systematics is taught, or in which diversity is taught from a systematic perspective.

BiSc 151 History of Life
A review of the origin of life, the geologic record, and the evolutionary history of the major groups of organisms, including the evolution of bacteria, origin of animals and plants, evolution of invertebrates and vertebrates, adaptations of mammals, and the evolution of flowering plants.

BiSc 150 Organic Evolution
Synthetic theory of organic evolution, including population biology, speciation, adaptation, macroevolution, systematics, biogeography, and the geologic record.

BiSc 130 Invertebrate Zoology
General survey of invertebrate animals, including classification, morphology, physiology, embryology, and evolutionary relationships among phyla.

BiSc 132 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 
Evolution and comparative morphology of Phylum Chordata, stressing recent forms.

BiSc 139 Parasitology
Introduction to animal parasitology; survey of parasitic types from protozoa through arthropods.

BiSc 140 Taxonomy of Flowering Plants
Origin, evolutionary development, and principles of systematics of flowering plants.

BiSc 142 Flora of the Mid-Atlantic States
Field trips and laboratory study of the identification and ecology of vascular plants of the Coastal Plain, Piedmont, and mountains of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Emphasis on family characteristics and recognition of dominant species in native habitats.

ANTH 147 Hominid Evolution
The fossil record of hominid evolution considered in the light of evolutionary theory. Brief review of the earlier human antecedents, with concentration on the Pleistocene remains. Review of major invertebrate fossil groups. Uses of fossils in studies of macroevolution, paleoecology, biostratigraphy, tectonics, and climatology.

For additional classes see the Undergraduate Bulletin.