Anthropology | Bioanthropology
B200 | 0397 | Cook
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
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. Grades are based on three objective exams, each contributing 20%,
five take-home essays, each counting 5%, and on three lab exercises, each
counting 5% toward the final grade. Exams and essay questions will be
based on assignments from your textbook, and on short, article-length
readings. Your reader will be available from Collegiate Copies,
1430 E. Third Street, and reading assignments are listed in the reader.
Please try to do readings before the Wednesday lecture each week, as I
will discuss issues from the readings in class. Our objective is to build
skills in reading articles in science. Essays are based on the assigned
readings. 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,
measurements, and observations of physical features. 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 held in
SB060, FRIDAYS, 1:25 to 4:00 pm. We will not have lecture on lab days.
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
NOT an excuse for missing exams. Exams are multiple choice, and include
map questions and other visual materials. The exams are NOT cumulative,
and all three are similar in length and structure. Make-up exams are
short-answer in format.