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ASB 101 Physical Anthropology and Archaeology: Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution
Credit Hours:  4
Effective Term: Fall 2015
SUN#: None
AGEC: Physical and Biological Sciences   Social and Behavioral Sciences  
Credit Breakdown: 3 Lectures, 3 Labs
Times for Credit: 1
Grading Option: A/F Only
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Description: Evidence and processes of human evolution and of culture change. Includes primates, primate comparative anatomy and behavior, biomolecular variation, fossil hominids and their tools, variation models, heredity, environment and human biology, prehistoric culture and society.

Prerequisites: RDG094

Corequisites: None

Recommendations: BIO100 or BIO156 or BIO160 or BIO181 or BIO201
Background in any of the above is not necessary to meet the outcomes of this class. However, students with prior background in biology may have a richer course experience.

Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Application Level) Discuss and simulate research methods of physical anthropology, including forensic anthropology, and archaeology.
2. (Comprehension Level) Discuss goals and contributions of physical anthropology and archaeology.
3. (Application Level) Demonstrate the role of genetic theory in the history of evolutionary thought and the processes of evolution.
4. (Comprehension Level) Discuss human variation and adaptation.
5. (Analysis Level) Describe and differentiate among living primates; discuss issues concerning their endangered status.
6. (Analysis Level) Analyze and debate concepts and issues in primate evolution.
7. (Analysis Level) Describe and differentiate early hominids and summarize issues in human evolution.
8. (Comprehension Level) Discuss the emergence of genus Homo and the origins of culture and language.
9. (Comprehension Level) Discuss the emergence of Homo sapiens and the culture of the Upper Paleolithic.
10. (Comprehension Level) Discuss the origins of food production and settled life.
11. (Comprehension Level) Discuss the origins of cities and states.
12. (Application Level) Demonstrate competency in scientific methodology in labs on genetics; primate anatomy; primate behavior; comparative anatomy and behavior of monkeys, apes, and hominins; anatomical features used in assessing age and sex; and the anatomical characteristics typically chosen to use as social markers for the forensic designation of "race."
Internal/External Standards Accreditation
None