Anthropology | BIOANTHROPOLOGY
B200 | 4115 | 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
25%, and on three lab exercises, each counting 8% toward the final
grade. Exam questions will be based on assignments from your textbook,
and on short, article-length readings. Readings are on reserve in the
Geography Library. The objective is to build skills in reading
articles in science.
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.
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. 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.