Anthropology | Bioanthropology
B200 | 0439 | Meier


Course Synopsis:  B200 BIOANTHROPOLOGY is designed to provide students
with the fundamentals of all of the major research areas in biological
anthropology.  The course serves as background for anyone wishing to
enroll in more advanced courses.  Research areas and advanced courses
cover human evolution, primate evolution and social behavior,
paleontology, population genetics and growth and development.

The central theme of bioanthropology concerns evolution, most
especially the origin, evolution and present day distribution of our own
species - Homo sapiens.  The course will stress processes and principles
of evolution, but it will also necessary to learn a certain amount of
descriptive and factual information.  You are encouraged to ask questions
during lectures or to raise issues for additional discussion.  There will
be laboratory sessions and take-home exercises from which you can gain
hands on experience with materials and methods of bioanthropological
research.  There will also be review sessions on the evenings prior to
each examination. You are required to write a critical review of an
original research article.

Examinations: There are three exams.  Exam format will be partly objective
(matching, problems, etc.) and partly short answer.  The first two exams
are worth 125 points each.  The final exam, worth 200 points), will
include items from the first two exams. Thus, it is comprehensive.  No
makeup exams will be permitted without a proper excuse, and makeup exams
will include essay questions.

TOTAL POINTS FOR THE COURSE ARE AS FOLLOWS.

2 Exams @ 125. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 250
Final Exam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200
8 Lab/Take-Home Assignments @ 25 . . . .  .  .  .  . 200
Critical Review  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

TOTAL . . . . . . .700 points