Anthropology | Bioanthropology
B200 | 14174 | 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 prosimians, 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 four objective exams (each worth 15% of the final grade), as well
as several short essays, laboratories and other hands-on activities,
making up the remainder of your grade (a total of 40%).  Exams and
essay questions will be based on lectures, videos, assignments from
your textbook, and on short, article-length readings. Our objective in
the essay assignments is to build skills in reading and assessing
scientific articles. Labs will emphasize analysis of fossils and
bones, analysis of research videotape taken by primatologists
observing wild chimpanzees, and observations of physical and
biochemical features of living humans. THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP LABS.
Exams are multiple choice. The exams are NOT cumulative, and all four
are similar in length and structure. Make-up exams are
short-answer/essay in format. Your fourth exam is on the day listed in
the schedule of classes as the final for this class, and you must plan
your travel around the exam schedule. Please contact me before ANY
exam you must miss.