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Course Description

This course introduces the concepts, methods of inquiry, and scientific explanations for biological evolution and their application to the human species. Issues and topics will include, but are not limited to, genetics, evolutionary theory, human variation and biocultural adaptations, comparative primate anatomy and behavior, and the fossil evidence for human evolution. The scientific method serves as foundation of the course. ADVISORY: English 250, English 260 and Mathematics 205.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate what science is by explaining how scientific theory is developed.
  • Describe the place of Homo sapiens in the animal kingdom.
  • Examine and illustrate how evolution works in terms of the forces of evolution.
  • Explain the general physical features of modern humans and compare them with the fossil hominids and non-human primates.
  • Analyze theories, concepts, and data that explain human evolution from the fields of genetics, archaeology, geology, and anatomy.
  • Analyze the concepts of ethnocentrism and cultural relativism in relation to the study of human evolution.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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