HIS 301 Introduction to the History of Biology

Aristotle, Galen, medical advances in the Islamic East and latin West; Renaissance Innovations in technique, experimental method, and theory; and Harvey; microscopy; mechanism in biology from Descartes to LaMettrie; the vitalist-reductionist debate over the nature and origins of life; cell theory; Darwin, evolution; Mendel, genetics; T.H. Morgan and the emergence of the Phage Group; Lysenko and biology in the Soviet Union; and the discovery of DNA.

Credits:

3

Hours

3

Requirement Designation

Regular Liberal Arts

Offered

Fall-Spring