B200 | 4112 | 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), 3
take-home short essays (each worth 5%), revisions of two of the short essays
(each worth 2.5%) and four lab exercises (each worth 5%).

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. If you miss
an exam without contacting me beforehand, I will require a written,
substantial excuse. Travel plans are generally NOT an excuse for missing