Aug 17, 2022  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23
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ANTH 2010 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology

This course covers topics on human evolution and modern human diversity, focusing on humanity’s biological roots and modern appearance. To understand the present human physical and social condition, we must understand our evolutionary past. This course reconstructs this past utilizing data from the primate fossil record as well as comparative evidence from modern monkeys and apes. This is a science course based on evolutionary biology. At the end of the course, students will better understand where humans fit into the animal kingdom, as well as how those characteristics that make humans unique may have evolved. The course addresses: the place of humans within the mammalian evolutionary lineage; evolutionary theory; human population genetics; behavior of monkey and apes; and human evolution and modern human diversity.

Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Natural World
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2NS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to describe the fundamental concepts and principles of biological anthropology including processes of molecular and population genetics, evolutionary biology, and primatology.
  • Students will be able to critically state, describe, and consider human physical diversity and ethical considerations regarding the concept of race.
  • Students will be able to analyze major fossil evidence for primate evolution to draw meaningful conclusions about evolutionary change.
  • Students will be able to state an argument in biological anthropology that is thoughtful, recognizes complexities, and acknowledges limitations.
  • Students will be able to systematically analyze assumptions and carefully evaluate the relevance of contexts when presenting an argument in biological anthropology.

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