Saddleback College |
Department of Anthropology
Anth 1 Biological Anthropology Bio
biology and comparative behavior of human and
non-human primates. It is linked to the other sub-
fields by its commitment tothe study of evolution
and biology within the context of culture and society,
as well as in relation to human rights issues.
Anth 1 is an introduction to the study of human
evolution and variation. Topics include evolutionary
theory, molecular, Mendelian and population
genetics, and the evolution of human behavior.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Discuss evolutionary theory, both before and after Charles
Darwin, and how it relates to human origins and behavior.
2. Explain the differences between science and faith.
3. Describe the four forces, or biological mechanisms, of
evolutionary change including mutation, gene flow, genetic
drift, and natural selection.
4. Explain the origin and evolution of primates.
5. Distinguish between the different primate taxonomic
6. Compare and contrast the behavioral patterns found in the
different primate taxonomic groups.
7. Use key fossils to demonstrate human evolution,
particularly as it relates to anatomical changes associated
with bipedalism, changes in the size and structure of the
brain, and the development of culture.
8. Discuss theories of human origins using current fossil and
9. Describe some of the adaptive reasons for human physical
10. Articulate an anthropological perspective on biological
ancestry and race.
3 units; 3 hour lecture
Transfers to: CSU, UC