Anthropology | Bioanthropology
B200 | 0378 | 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 three
objective exams (each worth 20% 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
hands-on experience with fossil casts 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 three are similar in
length and structure. Make-up exams are short-answer in format. 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.