Nov 29, 2023
ANTH 110 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Units: 3 ; Breadth Area: GE-B2
An introduction to human biology from an evolutionary perspective. Topics include philosophy of science, evolutionary theory, evolution of primates and humans, the human fossil record, behavioral studies of humans and other primates, and modern human variation.
Equivalent Quarter Course: ANTH 1100.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-B2 - Lower Division Life Sciences
Course Typically Offered: Fall & Spring
Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Learn what science is;
- Learn the history of science;
- understand the history of evolutionary theory;
- distinguish between natural selection, which was understood long before Darwin, and Darwin’s main contribution, the recognition of speciation;
- understand DNA, protein synthesis, and biological evolution;
- learn about primates and understand their attributes, behaviors, and evolutionary pattern;
- Learn about primate behavior and how it reflects on our own behavior;
- understand stratigraphy, deep time, and geological dating methods;
- become familiar with the human fossil record;
- Understand the fallacy of race and the true nature of human biological variation;
- Understand how forensic anthropologists analyze bones.
B2. Life Sciences Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate knowledge of scientific theories, concepts, and data about the life sciences;
- demonstrate an understanding of scientific practices, including the scientific method; and
- describe the potential limits of scientific endeavors, including the accepted standards and ethics associated with scientific inquiry.
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