Anthropology | Bioanthropology
B200 | 5105 | 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.