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BIOLĀ 401. Population Genetics. 4 Hours.

This course explores the mechanics of evolution from the viewpoint of allelic frequnces. It begins with the basic theory of Hardy Weinberg equilbrium and expands that theory to embrace linkage disequilibrium, selection in single-locus and multifocus systems, genitic drift, and the effects of mutation rates, population size, and migration on the genetic structure of populations. Exposure is given to classic ideas (e.g., shifting balance theory and runaway sexual selection) and to applications of theroy (e.g., breeding designs, conservation genetics0. Lecture, 3 hours; recitation, 1 hour. Prerequisites: BIOL 215.