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Department of Anthropology









Prof. Garcia's Biological Anthropology Courses Bio                                               











Biological anthropology is focused on the evolution,

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

genetic evidence.

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