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2022-2023 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
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ANTH 310 - Evolutionary Biology of Humans

Units: 3 ; Breadth Area: GE-UDB
Evolutionary biology, with an emphasis on humans. History of evolutionary thought, pattern and macroevolution, fossils and deep time, molecular biology and genetics, behavioral ecology and evolutionary psychology.

Strongly Recommended Preparation: Upper division status (greater than 60 earned semester units) and completion of lower division Areas B1-B3.
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3 and B4 with grade C- (CR) or better; and ANTH 110.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-UDB - Upper Division Science Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
Course Typically Offered: Fall & Spring

Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the history of science and evolutionary thought;
  2. Understand population genetics, DNA, and protein synthesis;
  3. Understand how adaptations occur at genetic and macroscopic levels;
  4. Understand macroevolution, systematics, and how we detect evolutionary pattern;
  5. Understand the basics of evolutionary developmental genetics;
  6. Understand adaptation, natural selection, sexual selection, and evolutionary fitness;
  7. Understand behavioral evolution;
  8. Understand details of the evolutionary pattern of humans and our ancestors.

UD-B. Upper-division Science Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning Learning Outcomes

  1. demonstrate advanced and/or focused science or quantitative content knowledge in a specific scientific field, using appropriate vocabulary and referencing appropriate concepts (such as models, uncertainties, hypotheses, theories, and technologies);
  2. apply advanced quantitative skills (such as statistics, algebraic solutions, interpretation of graphical data) to scientific problems and evaluate scientific claims;
  3. demonstrate understanding of the nature of science and scientific inquiry and the experimental and empirical methodologies used in science to investigate a scientific question or issue; and
  4. apply science content knowledge to contemporary scientific issues (e.g., global warming) and technologies (e.g., cloning), where appropriate.

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