ATH 101 : Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Introduces biological anthropology and the study of evolution in the context of modern genetics and primate behavior studies. Examines human fossil record, diversity, and commonality of present and past populations of humankind.


Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Discuss basic concepts and methods in biological anthropology.
  • Use an understanding of biology, genetics, and fossil evidence to examine the process of human biological and cultural evolution over time.
  • Identify how human beings influence the environment and are influenced by the environment in which they live. 
  • Use an understanding of anthropology to describe historical and contemporary issues in evolutionary biology and genetics, such as race, stem cell research, gene patents, eugenics, and ethical issues related to the excavation and study of the prehistoric remains of indigenous people.

Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Social Sciences/AAS, Social Sciences/AGS, Social Sciences/AS, Social Sciences/AAOT, Social Sciences/ASOT-B.

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