Week 2: Introduction to Evolution

This week, we’re going to be looking at biological evolution – which is critical to understanding our development as a species (and understanding our ancestors as well).  This week will also include an exploration of the history of the development of thought about biological evolution.

Lecture Videos

Media (readings, video, etc)


  • Week 2 Exam (available on D2L from May 23 at 9:00am EST and must be completed by May 27th at 11:59pm EST)
  • Week 2 Blog Post (due May 25 by 11:59pm EST).  Prompt: Pick one of the ideas about evolution discussed in this week’s materials (creationism, uniformitarianism, etc.), research that theory and briefly describe its history (with citations), and make an argument for why that form of evolution is either supported or refuted by scientific evidence. Be sure to select the Week 2 Blog Post category
  • Week 2 Blog Comments (due May 27  by 11:59pm EST)