Interdisciplinary PhD in Molecular Biosciences

Dr. Andrew Brower - Courses

In my five + years at MTSU, I have taught eleven different courses, as follows:

Biology 1110: the first semester of a year-long introductory biology sequence for biology and other science majors. Addresses chemical building blocks of life, cells, genetics evolution and the basal clades of organismal diversity (everything except plants and animals). Taught Fall 2006-2009, Spring 2007-2009, Summer 2010

Biology 1111: the laboratory course associated with Biology 1110. Taught Summer 2010

Biology 1120: the second semester of a year-long introductory biology sequence for biology and other science majors. Addresses plant and animal diversity, vertebrate organ systems and ecology. Taught Spring, Summer 2007

Biology 1121: the laboratory course associated with Biology 1120. Taught Summer 2007

Biology 3250: Genetics. An upper-division core course for biology majors addressing classical Mendelian inheritance and molecular approaches. Taught Fall 2009, 2010; Spring 2010, 2011.

Biology 3500: Evolution. An upper-division core course for biology majors addressing patterns and processes of biological evolution. A new course for MTSU in Spring 2010, subsequently taught Fall 2010, 2011, Spring, Summer 2011.

Biology 6200: Speciation. A graduate-level seminar course addressing species concepts and processes of biological lineage splitting. Taught Spring 2008

Biology 6650: Graduate Seminar. A writing-based course intended to develop critical scientific reading and writing skills. Taught Fall 2008, 2010

Biology 6660: Graduate seminar. Emphasizing presentation and literature-searching skills. Taught Spring 2011.

Biology 6780: Principles of Systematics. A graduate-level survey of the theory and methods of biological systematics, including data matrix construction, phylogenetic inference, interpretation of phylogenetic hypotheses, and biological nomenclature. Taught Fall 2011.

University Honors 4600: Evolutionary Psychology. An interdisciplinary survey of the ways in which human values and behaviors are influenced by our evolutionary ancestry. Co-taught with Tom Brinthaupt (Psychology) Fall 2008

In addition, I have supervised the research-for-credit ( Biology 6620) of my graduate student. Spring 2008-Fall 2011.

Other university courses I have taught prior to my employment at MTSU:

Biology of Insects: An undergraduate-level survey of insect diversity, ecology and interactions with humans.

Field Entomology: a field course for graduate students at the Southwest Research Station in Portal, AZ .

Invertebrate Zoology (lectures on Annelida and Arthropoda).

Advanced Systematics Seminar: for graduate students who have completed Principles of Systematics and wish to delve further into current systematic controversies.