Oct 21, 2021
ANTH 1022 - Introduction to Physical Anthropology: Human Origins Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3Lab None
Course Description: This course is an introduction to physical anthropology through the study of human origins. This includes a detailed introduction to evolutionary theory and related topics, such as Mendelian and population genetics, taxonomy, and primate behavior and ecology. Central to the course is the human and non-human primate fossil evidence, and the evolutionary origins of modern Homo sapiens. Students will attend lectures, have assigned readings, and do hands-on work with fossil replicas during the semester. This course is intended for new students in anthropology.
3 Natural Science, 10 People/Environment
Prerequisite(s): Assessment score placement in RDNG 1000 or completion of RDNG 0900 or RDNG 0950 with a grade of C or higher.
- Introduction to anthropology.
- Mendelian and population genetics.
- The evolution of evolutionary theory.
- The primate order.
- Primate ecology and behavior.
- Primate evolution.
- The human fossil record.
- Human behavior and ecology.
- The evolution of modern humans.
- The evolution of human behavior.
- Hands-on fossil analysis
At the end of this course students will be able to:
- explain evolutionary theory.
- demonstrate a scientific understanding of primate behavior and ecology.
- demonstrate their understanding of the theoretical advancements of neodarwinism.
- explain the fossil record of primates and humans.
- apply critical thinking skills to the claims of anti-evolutionists.
- explain the facts of human evolution.
- perform fossil identification through lab-like class exercises.
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