Biology 402. Senior Seminar
On the Origin of Species: Biology’s Big Bang
The seminar will consist of a detailed reading of On the Origin of Species. The focus will be to understand, from a contextual and historical perspective, Darwin’s reasoning, his logic, and to assess how Darwin’s views affected biology in general and the degree to which they have been modified since the Origin was published in 1859. The seminar will be discussion-focused based on writing and oral assignments. Each student will develop a topic based on the Origin that will be the subject of a final paper for the seminar.