Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

ANTH 102: Introduction to Physical Anthropology

General Information

  • Name: Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • Discipline: Anthropology (ANTH)
  • 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

Prerequisites and Recommended Courses

  • 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

Students will have a basic understanding of the:

  • Principles and theories of human evolution and the origins of the human species
  • Physical attributes of humans and what sets us apart from other species
  • Ideas of human variation and adaptation
  • Value and importance of human diversity

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

This course is designed to meet the following Student Learning Objectives of the General Education Requirement by ensuring that successful students will be able to demonstrate that they:

  • Have college-level skills in reading, writing, and oral communication to a level appropriate for their degree and/or emphasis.
  • Possess adequate problem solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Are able to utilize effective and efficient learning skills, including locating and evaluating sources of information.
  • Can apply appropriate technological skills, including computer skills.
  • Understand the methods of science and the role of science in the modern world.
  • Appreciate the importance of cultural traditions, and diversity in the modern world.


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