BIL 375 - Seminar in Biology - Biology and Gender

Instructor: Dr. Dana Krempels
Office: SA 110B
Contact: via email at

Requirements for Class
All students must have copies of the required textbooks:

(The links above take you right to, but these books are also available from other locations, such as eBay, Alibris, and other used book outlets.)

Attendance is mandatory, and is monitored by the topic sheets. If you don't turn in a topic sheet, you'll be considered absent. One half a grade is lost for every absence, but you are allowed ONE excused absence.

  • Each student will select one week's readings from the list below, and be the moderator/presenter for that week. This will be presented (as PowerPoint) to the class as an introduction to the topic on the assigned date.

    Week of



    Presented by



    Ridley: Chapter 1

    Dana Krempels


    Why Sex?

    Ridley:  Chapters 2 & 3

    Leonard Desir
    Rachael Sanders



    Genetic Mutiny

    Ridley:  Chapters 3 & 4

    Monique Cortenay
    Moshe Yatzkan


    The Peacock's Tale

    Ridley, Chapters 5

    Luiz de Souza


    Polygamy and Monogamy

    Ridley:  Chapters 6 & 7

    Carmen Johnson
    Elishia McKay


    Mind Games and the Biology of Beauty

    Ridley: Chapters 8 and 9

    Jessica Luu
    Brittany Tran


    The Intellectual Chess Game

    Ridley:  Chapters 10 and 11

    Eling Tsai
    Adam Rhodes


    Spring Break

    No class this week



    What Do Females Want?

    Batten:  Chapters 1 and 2

    Jessica Chee
    Giselle Fonseca


    Female Choice in Homo sapiens
    Sexual Differences in Psychology

    Batten:  Chapters 3 and 4

    Amanda Darbouze
    Kristen John


    Subverting Female Choice
    Monogamy, Pair-bonding and Love

    Batten:  Chapters 5 and 6

    Monika Freises
    Natalia Uribe


    Love: The Romance and Chemistry of Reproduction

    Batten:  Chapters 7

    Kelley Norcini
    Jaleesa Robinson


    Matriarchy by Choice and Default

    Batten:  Chapters 8

    Angela Astorini
    Gizelle Robinson
    Matthew Phillips


    Beyond The Prime Directive

    Batten:  Chapter 10

    Dana Krempels

  • The presenter(s) for each week are responsible for leading the discussion on the week's topic, and keeping everyone involved.
  • Every student must turn in a completed topic form for each week's seminar at the beginning of class. No late topic forms will be accepted.
    Class participation:

    All students taking BIL 375 with Dr. Krempels are expected to participate in discussion of the paper topic every week. Attendance is mandatory, and an unexcused absence will result in loss of one half a grade.

    For Writing Credit (optional):

  • If you would like to receive writing credit for this course, you must request this no later than the second class meeting.

  • In order to receive writing credit, you must not only write a 400-word paper about the chapters you cover in your seminar, but find at least TWO ADDITIONAL REFERENCES on the same or related topic from a refereed journal, and include those in your paper.
  • An outline of your paper is due no later than the fifth week of the semester, and should be sent to Dr. Krempels, in MS Word format, SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY VIA EMAIL ATTACHMENT.
  • Once the outline is approved, the student may begin writing the paper itself. A first draft is due (in electronic format via email) in Dr. Krempels' email box no later than Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at midnight.

  • Dr. Krempels will read and edit the paper and return it to the student with comments included in color. 

  • Deadline for the revised paper is Wednesday, April 23, SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY VIA EMAIL ATTACHMENT in MS Word format.

    Preparing for the paper:

  • Select your topic and note due dates for the various stages of the paper on your calendar!

  • Use textbooks and library resources to find at least two additional recent publication (preferably since 2000) on your topic from refereed journals or textbooks

  • Internet resources are acceptable ONLY if they are from a refereed journal web site, or from a reputable .edu or .gov site that is officially dedicated to the topic you have chosen. No .com, .org or .net sites are acceptable as references.

    Format for the paper:

  • Your paper should consist of a comprehensive review of the papers you have used to elucidate your topic. This may be in the form of a literature review, and should include your own impressions and analysis of the research on the topic, its repeatability, rigorousness, etc.

  • The paper should include
      (1) an overview of the topic
      (2) a review of prevalent ideas and recent research in the field
      (3) your own critical analysis of those sources and research
      (4) your own ideas (logical, well-considered and well-ordered) on the topic.
      (5) You may wish to suggest directions for future research in the area.
      (6) The paper is not only a place for you to review what was said in the literature, but to show me how well you understand the topic and how well you can critically analyze what you have read.

  • For writing credit, the paper must be at least 4000 words (approximately 15 pages, 12 point font, double-spaced).
  • The paper should be organized in logical sections that follow the outline you devise before you write it.
  • All cited sources must be listed in a Literature Cited section at the end of the paper.