BIOL 339 Essay Assignment

BIOL 339 Essay Assignment

Why Does Evolution Matter?

100 point Essay Assignment

Biological evolution is a subject that is interesting for its own sake to evolutionary biologists, as well as to most other biological scientists (e.g., ecologists, botanists, zoologists, neurobiologists, etc.). Of course, like any other subject, it’s not interesting, for its own sake, to everyone. Even so, it can be argued that understanding biological evolution has practical value for people who are not specialists in the field, including health professionals, epidemiologists, psychologists, etc., as well as the general public.

Assignment:  Choose one of the two options below and write an essay on it. The essay must be typed, using Times New Roman 12 font and 1.5 spacing (as on this page). Minimum length: 2 pages. Maximum: 4.5 pages. Proofread your essay; spelling and grammar count.

 

Option 1: Write an essay, using four good examples from different fields, discussing why a basic understanding of evolutionary biology has practical value for people who are not research biologists (i.e., for health professionals, psychologists, general public, etc.). No more than two of your examples can be from the health sciences. You do not need to cite sources; however, if you do wish to cite a source, cite it according to standard scientific practice and list it in references at the end of the paper.

Option 2: If you honestly believe that evolutionary biology has no practical value in the sense discussed above, write an essay explaining and supporting your position. You do not need to cite sources; however, if you do wish to cite a source, cite it according to standard scientific practice and list it in references at the end of the paper.

Note: Neither option is asking you whether you “believe” in evolution, or reject evolutionary science in whole or in part.