Anthropology | Bioanthropology
B200 | 7070 | 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, and
for significant hands-on experience in bioanthropology. 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 non-human primates, 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. The objective in the essay assignments is to
build skills in reading and assessing scientific articles. Labs will
emphasize an understanding of evolutionary forces, 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
the instructor before ANY exam you must miss.