BIO A 201 A: Principles of Biological Anthropology

Meeting Time: 
MWThF 9:30am - 10:20am
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Andi Duncan
Andrea E. Duncan

Syllabus Description:

Winter 2021 Full Syllabus

Remote Instruction Plan:

    • Lectures will be presented asynchronously as Panopto videos via Canvas. 
    • Labs are synchronous - Tuesdays, all students are expected to attend their lab (via Zoom) at the scheduled time.

Course Overview & Learning Goals

This course is an introduction to biological anthropology. During the quarter, we will explore the processes and mechanisms of evolution and the “human story.” We will learn about evolutionary and genetic processes and the role they have played in shaping the biological and behavioral adaptations of the Primate Order – humans, nonhuman primates, and our ancestors. We will consider what it means to be human and how we “fit” into the larger natural world, examining past, present, and future human variation, the complex interactions of biology, behavior, and our environments. In addition, we will examine the ways in which we are currently trying to better understand ourselves, and our history. You should leave this course with a basic understanding of evolutionary theory, genetics, primate ecology and behavior, paleontology, human evolution, behavior and variation.

Suggested Texts

How Humans Evolved (9th Ed.) by Robert Boyd and Joan Silk; W.W. Norton, 2021


Catalog Description: 
Evolution and adaptation of the human species. Evidence from fossil record and living populations of monkeys, apes, and humans. Interrelationships between human physical and cultural variation and environment; role of natural selection in shaping our evolutionary past, present, and future. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
Natural World (NW)
Last updated: 
October 12, 2021 - 11:21am