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Principles of zoology, evolution and the natural history of domestic animals

Hej och välkomna till kursen BI1312 on the evolution and natural history of domestic animals!

Looking forward to meeting you all at 9:30 on Thursday 18th February 2021 over zoom (you'll get the zoom link for the course soon). Unfortunately the course will be taught and examined as a distance course this year…but I'm working to make it as interesting and relevant as possible.

The course literature book is a very good summary of the concepts we will discuss in the course, and expands on these details for those who are interested in this subject. But you can pass the course without it in case you were wondering :).

A preliminary course schedule is now on the homepage. The course is a combination of lectures that focus on core concepts and then guest lecturers who expand on these concepts by discussing their own research field (dogs, wolves, cats, snow leopards, horses, honey bees, to name a few).

By structuring the course in this way my aim is to make the course as fun and interesting as possible. Feel free to contact me at any time ( if you have any questions about the course content. And yes I will be giving my lectures in English…but you are welcome to discuss, ask questions and do you exam in Swedish if you choose, and many of the species lectures will be given in Swedish. Don't worry, you'll do great.

Vi ses snart! /Matt

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BI1312 Principles of zoology, evolution and the natural history of domestic animals, 7.5 Credits

Grundläggande zoologi, evolution och husdjurens historia

Syllabus approved



Biology Animal science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Written exam 5.50 1002
Project 2.00 1003

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

General entry requirements for university studies.


The course covers the systematics of the vertebrates, evolutionary history, ecology and main natures linked to their occurrence and way of live. The course puts in the sport and companion animals in his evolutionary context and gives an evolutionary and ecological perspective on these.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- describe the systematics of the vertebrates, ecology, biogeography, morphology and reproductive biology at a general level.
- describe the evolutionary processes selection through natural selection as well as sexual selection.
- account for comparative morphology of selected mammals and birds.
- account for relationships between ecology and evolutionary history of vertebrates at a general level.
- account for evolutionary and ecological perspectives on the domestication process.
- search, review and discuss scientific literature.


The course includes lectures, demonstrations, literature seminars, project work.
In the course, the following general skills are trained: Oral request.

The course provides knowledge of evolutionary processes. The course covers, how evolutionary history and ecology have shaped the biology of the vertebrates particularly with regard to sport and companion animals. Compulsory components are project work and exercises.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed oral or written examination, passed oral and written presentation of project work as well as approved participation in compulsory exercises.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

Some lessons may be in English.

Responsible department

Department of Ecology
Cooperating departments:
Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Biology field: Zoologi (djurbiologi)
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Companion and Sports Animals - Bachelor´s programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology Animal science
Course code: BI1312 Application code: SLU-30182 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Ecology Pace: 100%