Anthropology | BIOANTHROPOLOGY
B200 | 0396 | Kaestle


B200 is an introductory course in bioanthropology. It is required for the
undergraduate major in anthropology, and it is a prerequisite for many
advanced courses in bioanthropology. B200 carries NMNS credit toward the
COAS distribution requirements. You will NOT be able to count this course
toward the S & H requirement.

We recommend B301, a three credit lab course that also carries NMNS
credit, concurrent with or following B200 for anyone who plans a career in
anthropology.   In B200 we will survey the field of bioanthropology,
emphasizing the ways in which ideas about human evolution are tested using
evidence from the fossil record, from living monkeys and apes, and from
contemporary human groups. There will be an emphasis on understanding the
underlying principles and science of evolution. Grades are based on three
objective exams, each contributing 20%, five take-home essays, each
counting 5%, and three lab exercises, each counting 5% toward the final
grade. Exams and essay questions will be based on lectures, assignments
from your textbook, and on short, article-length readings.  Our objective
in the essay assignments is to build skills in reading articles in
science. YOU MUST DO FIVE ESSAYS FOR FULL CREDIT. YOU MAY DO MORE AND
COUNT YOUR TOP FIVE.

Labs will emphasize hands-on experience with fossils, casts, bones, and
observations of physical and biochemical features of living humans. YOU
MUST ATTEND THREE OF FOUR SCHEDULED LABS AND TURN IN A WRITTEN EXERCISE
FOR  FULL CREDIT. You may attend all four, and your grasp of the course
material will be better if you do so. THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP LABS. You
will need to schedule about one hour in the lab to complete the
assignment, but feel free to work with the materials for a longer period
if you wish. Labs are scheduled instead of lecture, but will be open for
extended periods of time on the day they are scheduled.

YOUR FINAL EXAM is on the day listed in the schedule of classes and you
must plan your travel around the exam schedule. Please contact me before
ANY exam you must miss. If you miss an exam without contacting me
beforehand, I will require a written, substantial excuse. Travel plans are
generally NOT an excuse for missing exams. Exams are multiple choice. The
exams are NOT cumulative, and all three are similar in length and
structure. Make-up exams are short-answer in format.