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2016-2017 Catalog Year
ANTH-102: Introduction to Physical Anthropology

General Information

  • Name: Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • Discipline: Anthropology
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Corequisites: recommend ANTH 110L

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Explores the biological and evolutionary origins of humans through the examination of the fossil record, the study of primates, and the study of human biology.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated they can:

  • Use terminology specific to the anthropological topics selected for this course. (GE 1)
  • Demonstrate the principles and theories of human evolution and the origins of the human species (GE 1)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the physical attributes of humans and what sets us apart from other species (GE 1)
  • Describe selected ideas of human variation and adaptation (GE 1)
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the value and importance of human diversity (GE1)
  • Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking through substantially error-free prose suitable to the purpose of relating selected anthropological topics to personal experience and knowledge (GE 2, 6)

The class includes lectures, discussions, anthropological films, and student presentations. Students will exercise academic skills in reading, writing, research, critical thinking, and oral communication.

Scheduled ANTH-102 classes:

Fall 2016