BIOL 495 (section RW)


Tree of Life: Survey of the Earth's Living Organisms

Course Scheduled: Spring 2019 on Thursdays from 3:10 pm to 5:00 pm (room 145 Bessey Hall)

Credits: 2

Grading: S/F only

Prerequisites: BIOL 211, BIOL 212, BIOL 315, permission of instructor (intended for juniors and seniors in Biology)

Instructor: Robert Wallace (

This seminar course will be a survey of the diversity of living organisms from all domains and kingdoms, with emphasis on evolutionary relationships, classification, and morphological characteristics of the major groups of the Earth’s biota.  Students will review the primary biological attributes of archaea, bacteria, protists, fungi, animals, and plants and learn about the current general classifications, diversity, evolutionary trends, and phylogeny of these groups.

If you are interested in this course, please stop by the Student Services Office (103 Bessey Hall) to obtain the reference number for the course.  Enrollment will be limited to 16 students total.