Anthropology | Genetic Mthd in Anthropology
B525 | 24906 | Kaestle

Prerequisite ANTH B200 and instructor’s permission

This course is designed to fulfill a requirement within the
bioanthropology graduate program pertaining to research methods. As
such, it will cover basic methodologies associated with research
investigations that relate genetics to bioanthropology. Principle
areas include the theory and practice of Mendelian genetics,
human/medical genetics, forensic genetics, molecular genetics, and
human population genetics. The particular field within bioanthropology
referred to as anthropological genetics will be stressed. This means
that there will be an emphasis on microevolutionary processes that
serve to explain current and recent past gene distributions and
genetic structure of human populations.  This course is organized into
both seminar discussions of assigned readings and exercises, some of
which will be carried out in class, in addition to wet
laboratory work, to be carried out in the anthropology department's
genetic anthropology teaching lab.


Exercises (both take-home and in class):  25%
Laboratory Analysis: 25%
Out-of-Class Assignment: 25%
Take-Home Final Exam: 25%


There will be no textbook for this course. Rather, the readings will
be excerpted from existing textbooks and will also include published
research papers. These readings will be available on electronic
reserve. In addition, there will be a laboratory notebook with
directions for and explanations of the wet laboratory procedures used
in this course, as well as hints for the exercises.