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ANTH& 205 - Biological Anthropology

5 Credits
Examines the history and theories of evolution. Discusses the causes and distribution of human physical variation, the concept of race, and racism in science. Presents the subfield of Forensic Anthropology or the analysis of human remains. Examines the anatomical and behavioral differences and similarities of non-human primates and humans. Traces the fossil record of the earliest species of primates, prosimians, monkeys, apes, and humans.


Quarters Typically Offered
Summer Day
Fall Day, Online
Winter Day
Spring Day

Designed to Serve General student (non-major) as well as students needing credits in the biological sciences.
Active Date 20200303T13:40:45

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Science

Course Outline
History and Theory of Evolution - Pre-Darwinian Notions of Biological Variation - Development of Modern Biological & Earth Sciences - Taxonomy - Lamarckian Evolution - Charles Darwin - Natural, Sexual, & Artificial Selection - Genetics - Population Genetics Human Variation - Human Polymorphisms - Racism in Science - Concept of Race - Morphological Variation in Humans Forensic Anthropology - Methods & Procedures Primates - Anatomical & Behavioral Traits of Prosimians, Monkeys, Apes, & Humans Paleoanthropology - Primate Evolution - Early Hominids - Modern Humans

Student Learning Outcomes
Explain the human fossil record and biological diversity based on the process of evolution.

Effectively articulate how prejudice and other forms of bias have influenced the field of Biological Anthropology in the past.

Accurately assess human remains in a forensic context.

Dicsuss the concept of race as a social construct as opposed to being biologically valid.

Expalin the behavioral and anatomical similarities and differences among the various taxonomic groups of primates as well as their geographical distributions.

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