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Evolution and Ecology

The course cover basic evolutionary theory, evolutionary concepts, domestication, organisms’ adaptations to their environment, ecological structures, and processes at the population and community levels.

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Welcome to the course!

During the first week you'll get lots of information about the EoD programme and this course (and hopefully you will gain access to the course CANVAS homepage where you can find all the information you will need for the course). Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and welcome at SLU! Keep and eye on this for updates and the course schedule.

See you soon!

You'll start on Monday morning in the VHC building on SLU campus at 11:00 (in the room 'Audhumbla' which is next to the little cafe in the main building). The VHC building is the big round building that looks like a shopping mall.

On Tuesday Claes will introduce you to the EoD programme in the morning (in Aulan in Undervisningshuset), and then you'll get to meet me (Matt) after lunch when I will introduce this course to you in Sal K (in the same building as the morning's activities).

See you next week!


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The course evaluation is open between 2022-10-24 and 2022-11-14

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Academic year 2021/2022

Evolution and Ecology (BI1393-10062)

2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01


BI1393 Evolution and Ecology, 15.0 Credits

Evolution och ekologi



Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Evolution 7.5 0102
Ecology 7.5 0103

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements(G1N)

Grading scale

Pass / Failed 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

• Biology 2

• Chemistry 2


The aim of the course is to introduce the program and university studies in general. Furthermore, the course provides basic knowledge in evolution, ecology, and genetics.

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

- give an overview of links between ecology and evolutionary adaptations in vertebrates,

- use correct terminology in the subjects of ecology and evolution,

- describe basic genetics, organization of the genome, how heredity processes work and regulation of gene expression,

- discuss evolutionary, genetic and ecological perspectives on the domestication process,

- outline the risks of invasive species and their impact on the ecosystem,

- discuss the importance of biodiversity,

- discuss ecology and evolution in relation to the global sustainability goals,

- give a basic oral presentation in the subject of evolutionary biology,

- search, review and discuss scientific and popular science literature in evolutionary biology and ecology, individually and in groups, under supervision.


The course cover basic evolutionary theory, evolutionary concepts, domestication, organisms’ adaptations to their environment, ecological structures, and processes at the population and community levels. The course also cover sustainability aspects and biodiversity in relation to evolution and ecology, and ethical aspects related to animals.

The course includes lectures, study visits, group assignments including problem-based learning (PBL), oral presentations, seminars and project work. During the course the students get training in the following generic competences: written and oral communication, information skills and problem based learning.

Mandatory parts if the course includes exercises, seminars, group assignments and study visits.

Formats and requirements for examination

To pass the course, the following requirements need to be met: approved written and oral examination, approved participation in compulsory parts, and approved mandatory assignments.
  • 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 lectures are in English. Costs for study visits may apply.

Responsible department

Department of Ecology

Cooperating departments:

Department of Animal Environment and Health

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom veterinärmedicin och husdjur (PN - VH)
Biology field: Ekologi
Replaces: delvis HV0139 och HV0133

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Litterature list

You will get all of your reading recommendations and necessary course literature once the course starts at the end of August, so you can relax :)

But in the meantime if you'd like to buy something interesting to read...

1) Domesticated
**Länk: **
**Författare: **Richard C Francis 
**ISBN: **9780393353037 
**Kommentar: **NOTE: that this course literature is NOT obligatory, but will provide additional information about the evolutionary and ecological histories of domestic animals that you will work with in the coming years. It is only available in English, but it is a fascinating and easy read. It is well worth the effort :)

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: No Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Biology
Course code: BI1393 Application code: SLU-10169 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Ecology Pace: 100%