Fall 2019 - HSCI 324 D100

Human Population Genetics and Evolution (3)

Class Number: 2620

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
    AQ 3182, Burnaby

    We 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby

    Fr 8:30 AM – 9:20 AM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 9, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    SWH 10081, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 202.



Human variation and human health in the context of population genetics, epidemiology, demography, and human evolution.


An explanation of human ancestry, diversity, and disease risk in the context of genetic variation, evolution, demography and epidemiology. This course is designed to show how human history and health has been and will be influenced by genetic features in the context of a dynamic environment.


By the end of this course it is expected that students will be prepared to

  • describe the basic principles of human heredity as it relates to population genetics
  • describe and categorize the selective and stochastic forces that create and shape the distribution of genetic variability in humans
  • explain how evolution’s main components: variation, adaption and competition impact human health and disease, i.e. fitness
  • apply appropriate mathematical models to evaluate the behaviour of data from population genetic studies
  • summarize key elements of peer-reviewed literature in this field by both written and oral communication formats
  • evaluate different forms and levels of evidence that support models of evolution


  • Final exam 30%
  • Midterm exam 20%
  • Take home assignments 25%
  • In class quizzes 15%
  • Evolution in action 10%



Principles of Populations Genetics, 4th Ed. by Hartl and Clark
ISBN: 978-0878933082

Human Evolutionary Genetics; Origins Peoples and Disease, 2nd Ed. by Jobling, Hollox, Hurles, Kivisild, Tyler-Smith
ISBN: 978-0-8153-4148-2

Genes, Culture, and Human Evolution: A Synthesis, by Stone and Lurquin
ISBN: 978-1-4051-3166-7

Primer of Population Genetics, by Hartl
ISBN: 978-0878933044

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