The Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) program is an interdisciplinary minor and student-based club. It combines courses in biology, anthropology, geology, psychology, philosophy, and history. Students are required to complete 20 credits that will introduce them to the principles of evolution and its numerous applications for understanding all life. The purpose of this program is to provide students a foundation in one of the most important explanatory theories of modern thought.
This minor includes two team-taught capstone course that are integrated with the University’s Alabama Lecture’s on Life’s Evolution (ALLELE) series. Speakers for this series change annually, and a list of current and past speakers can be found here. This integration involves the interaction of students with invited speakers from various disciplines inside and outside the classroom, exposure intended to provide students with a vantage on post-baccalaureate opportunities for people with training in evolutionary studies.
The minor is housed in the Department of Anthropology and directed by Dr. Christopher Lynn.
EvoS is part of a worldwide consortium that includes 42 other institutions. This affiliation provides students access to additional resources outside UA, including an EvoS Journal, archived lectures by evolution experts, a newsletter, blogs, and links to student EvoS groups active at other institutions.