ANTH& 205: Biological Anthropology

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Natural Science with Lab

Study of the origins and adaptations of the human species with a focus on human diversity. Includes the scientific investigation of the primate fossil record and living populations of monkeys, apes and humans. Includes laboratory.

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Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  1. Science and the scientific method
  2. History of Evolutionary Thought
  3. Basic Genetics - Mendelian Genetics
  4. Fossils and the age of the earth
  5. Methods of dating finds, layers, and context
  6. Anatomy: Form and Function
  7. History of Life to the Eocene
  8. Primates and Primate origins
  9. General extant primates
  10. Non-human primate behavior
  11. The Hominins: explaining habitual bipedalism
    The genus Homo
    Scientific theories regarding the emergence of Homo sapiens
  12. Humans in the Americas
  13. Modern Human diversity and cultural constructs: race, racism, sex and gender
  14. NAGPRA and Bioanthropoloy Lab: hands-on exercises and discussions that complement the above topics.