Courses in Biological Anthropology (Division 318)

161. Introduction to Biological Anthropology. (4). (NS). (BS).
The course explores the evolutionary basis for human variability. For this purpose, the course will deal with a review of principles of human evolution, fossil evidence, relationship among human and non-human primates in behavioral and morphological characteristics, human inter-population differences, and environmental factors that account for these differences. (Frisancho)
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362. Problems of Race. Sophomore standing. (3). (NS). (BS).
This is a course about race as a scientific concept in western society. It focuses on the historical development of the race concept in science, how science has been used to validate social constructions of race, and how social constructions of race have influenced science. In so doing we will see what the role of science has been (and can be) in promoting social discrimination. Further, we examine the genetic and anatomical nature of human variation to see if it is compatible with the idea of race, and we also look into the biological consequences of race, from demographic change to pathology and disease. (Caspari)
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365. Human Evolution. Sophomore standing. (4). (NS). (BS).
Human evolution has been a biological process with both social and physical aspects. Through lectures, discussion section, laboratory, and reading, the interrelated process of behavioral and physical change is outlined for the human line. Emphasis is placed on evolutionary mechanisms, and context is provided through an understanding of the pre-human primates. The human story begins with origins and the appearance of unique human features such as bipedality, the loss of cutting canines, the appearance of continual sexual receptivity, and the development of complex social interactions. An early adaptive shift sets the stage for the subsequent evolution of intelligence, technology, and the changes in physical form that are the consequence of the unique feedback system involving cultural and biological change. The "Eve" theory and other ideas about the origin of races and their development and relationships are discussed in this context. Class participation and discussion are emphasized, and there is a required discussion/ laboratory section for elaboration of lecture topics and supervised hands-on experience with primate skeletal material and replicas of human fossils. Student evaluations are based on three examinations, laboratory quizzes, and a laboratory exam. Cost:2 WL:2 ,4 (Wolpoff)
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399. Honors in Biological Anthropology and Anthropology/Zoology. Senior standing and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit twice.
Seniors who choose to enter the Honors program undertake a senior project under the supervision of a member of the faculty or other qualified person. Most often this takes the form of an original paper of greater scope than is possible in an ordinary term paper, and it gives the student experience in conducting and writing up his or her own research. Students who are interested in joining the senior Honors program should consult with the departmental Honors advisor for biological anthropology, Frank Livingstone. Previous participation in the College Honors Program is not a prerequisite for joining the senior Honors program.
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450. Molecular Anthropology. At least one anthropology or biology course. (3). (Excl).
This course will cover, in detail, how to collect various kinds of molecular data. This includes polymorphisms involving PCR amplicon size, RFLP's, STR's, and DNA nucleotide and protein amino acid sequences. The theories behind these methods will be discussed so that students will understand the nature of the data being collected. This is the prerequisite course for the Molecular Anthropology Lab course, and provides the necessary background theory to learn how to actually do these procedures in lab. The second third of the course involves analysis of molecular data, and encompasses basic population genetic techniques for the analysis of molecular genetic data. These include computation of genetic distance, heterogeneity, and Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium from actual data. The final third of the course will involve either presentations of critiques and explanations of published works or novel analyses of data acquired from the literature or from online databases (Genbank, GDB, etc.). The course pack will involve readings from the field. Cost:1 WL:3 (Merriwether)
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469. Topics in Biological Anthropology. Permission of instructor. (2-4). (Excl). (BS).
Section 001 Human Nature. (2 credits).
This is an advanced seminar in evolutionary psychology. Topics include: sexual selection, mating systems theory, parental investment, reciprocity, morality, and religion. Students will read both a popular book (Robert Wright's The Moral Animal) as well as original scientific articles. Requirement: A previous course that explores behavior from an evolutionary perspective. Grading will be based on participation in discussion (no lectures) and one term paper. (Strassmann)
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471. Undergraduate Reading and Research in Anthropology. Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). A maximum of three credits of independent reading may be included in a concentration plan in anthropology. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
Laboratory training and work in the techniques used in various aspects of research in biological anthropology.
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