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Minor Requirements

COURSE IN THE MINOR (20 credits total)

The minor is designed to be taken over the course of your time at UA, beginning with “Evolution for Everyone.” In this course, you will introduced to evolutionary principles and a cross-section of applications of these principles. You will also outline an evolutionary project you can do while a UA undergraduate. In subsequent semesters, while taking other minor requirements and electives, you will take a 1-credit “Readings in ALLELE” course to stay involved with other students in the minor and a 1-credit “Independent Research” in conjunction with a research mentor in your primary discipline. In conjunction with this mentor, you will conduct the research you outlined during the first semester.  In your final EvoS semester, you will take “Advanced Evolutionary Studies,” which will again expose you to the principles and applications but which you will be able to integrate more deeply. Additionally, you will write-up your project results for submission to a student-level peer-reviewed publication. It is hoped that this course of study, while not as rigorous as a major, will enable you to be constructive critics of cultural use of evolutionary principles or prepare you for further studies.


AS 150, Evolution for Everyone

This team-taught course is the introduction to the minor. The objective is to expose students to the array of applications for evolutionary theory across the natural, social, and applied sciences and humanities. It features an array of guest lectures from across the university that changes each semester, as well as visits by visiting ALLELE lectures.  Students design a project (based in the discipline of their major) that will be completed over the course of the minor and review a trade book for possible publication. Offered every spring semester. Fulfills SB core requirement.

BSC 220, Principles of Biological Evolution

This course is an introduction to the process and patterns of biological evolution. It is geared for non-biology majors. Offered approximately every two of three semesters.

AS 480, Advanced Evolutionary Studies

This is the concluding course of the minor and should be taken in one’s final spring semester. It meets concurrently with AS 150 and features the same format. It’s intention is to review basic mechanisms with the purpose of a deeper integration of principles and provide students exposure to a different set of instructors and ALLELE guests. Students compile a portfolio of their “EvoS Experience,” present results from their minor project and, if relevant, submit it to a peer-reviewed journal for publication consideration. Offered every spring at the same time as AS 150.

One of the following:

  • ANT 270, Biological Anthropology
  • GEO 102, Earth Thru Time
  • PHL 387, Philosophy & Evolution


ANT 431, Readings in ALLELE

This 1-credit course involves meetings to discuss readings of ALLELE guests scheduled for the semester. Students attend ALLELE lectures and meeting as a group with ALLELE speakers for direct opportunity for in-depth discussion. The course is designed to ensure that students stay integrated in the EvoS program since, as an interdisciplinary minor, students are not taking evolution courses as part of a specific department or with a cohort. Can be arranged any semester between ANT 150 and ANT 480.

Independent Research

This 1-credit course is designed to provide an opportunity for student to collect data or complete their minor project. Students are mentored by a faculty member in their major.  Students should arrange to take this between ANT 150 and ANT 480 and register for credit in their mentor’s discipline. Credit will be manually assigned to the EvoS minor.

Elective “Context” Areas

6 or more credits from at least two different departments that are not your major from the following:


  • ANT 270, Biological Anthropology*
  • ANT 208, Anthropology of Sex
  • ANT 275, Race, Ethnicity, & Variation
  • ANT 311, Population, Health, & Origins
  • ANT 312, Non-Human Primates
  • ANT 471, Fossil Humans and Evolution
  • ANT 473, Human Osteology
  • ANT 475, Biology, Culture, & Evolution
  • ANT 479, Human Paleopathology


  • AY 155, Life in the Universe


  • BSC 315, Genetics
  • BSC 373, Vertebrate Zoology
  • BSC 376, Invertebrate Zoology
  • BSC 400, Vertebrate Functional Morphology
  • BSC 420, Principles of Systematics
  • BSC 428, Biology of Fishes
  • BSC 441, Developmental Biology
  • BSC 442, Integrated Genomics
  • BSC 448, Animal Behavior
  • BSC 449, Endocrinology
  • BSC 434, Plant Systematics
  • BSC 464, Biology of Algae
  • BSC 470, Principles of Population Genetics
  • BSC 482, Conservation Biology
  • BSC 483, Evolution
  • BSC 487, Biogeography


  • GEO 102, Earth Thru Time*
  • GEO 355, Invertebrate Paleontology
  • GEO 367, Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
  • GEO 401, Paleoclimatology
  • GEO 424, Introduction to Micropaleontology
  • GEO 424, Dinosaur Paleobiology
  • GEO 462, Quaternary Climates & Environments


  • HY 345, Race and Science
  • HY 455, The Darwinian Revolution


  • JCM 433 News Analysis


  • NEW 490, Minds and Language


  • PHL 387, Philosophy & Evolution*
  • PHL 367, Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • PHL 390, Art & Human Nature 


  • PY 313, Sensation & Perception
  • PY 352, Developmental Psychology
  • PY 413, Physiological Psychology


  • UH 300, Topics in Vertebrate Paleontology
  • UH 300, Primate Religion & Human Consciousness
  • UH 300, Language Evolution

* if not taken as Foundation course