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Graduate Courses

For a listing of all Graduate courses offered in the Department of Anthropology,
please visit the main course listing page.

Required courses for all biological anthropology students.

5305 Anthropological Statistics. (3-0)
In this course students will learn how to statistically analyze anthropological data. Students will gain a firm understanding of basic quantitative statistics, will be able to evaluate quantitative methods presented in anthropological research papers, and will be prepared for classes in more advanced statistical methods.

5311 Seminar in Cultural Anthropology. (3-0)
This course is a survey of current research in cultural anthropology.

5312 Seminar in Biological Anthropology. (3-0)
This course is a survey of current research in biological anthropology in the areas of evolutionary theory, human variation, paleoanthropolgy, primatology, and skeletal biology.

5313 Seminar in Archaeology. (3-0)
This course is a survey of current research in New World and Old World archaeology.

5333 Research Design in Biological Anthropology. (3-0)
This course provides students with an introduction to the principles and processes by which research projects in biological anthropology are devised and executed. It focuses on the issues of finding a topic to research, defining its scope and limitations, developing a research bibliography, and elaborating a research design.

5343 Human Variation & Adaptation. (3-0)
An organized course that examines human physical variation and adaptation from an evolutionary perspective.

Required courses for students interested in research areas of skeletal biology.

5321 Seminar in Forensic Anthropology. (3-0)
This course is designed as a critical survey of the theory and methodology utilized by forensic anthropologists. Through intensive review of the literature, the student will gain an appreciation for the development of the discipline, the techniques used in forensic skeletal analysis, and new research directions within the field.

5326 Field Methods in Forensic Anthropology. (3-0)
In this course students will learn how to locate, excavate and recover human remains, associated personal effects and other materials to ensure legal credibility for all recoveries.

5375 Lab Methods in Forensic Anthropology. (3-0)
This course focuses on the lab methods used in forensic anthropology to estimate a biological profile of skeletonized human remains.

Possible electives for students interested in research areas of skeletal biology.

5307 History of Evolutionary Thought. (3-0)
This course discusses the impact of evolutionary discourse within the context of its history. Students will develop a thorough understanding of evolution and its importance to anthropology, as well as to other scientific disciplines.

5319 Human Growth and Development. (3-0)
This course covers the life history of humans from birth to death and investigates the biological and psychological changes that occur over a lifetime.

5340 Paleoanthropology. (3-0)
This course is a critical review of the human fossil record from the appearance of the earliest hominins to the appearance of modern human forms.

5381 Paleopathology. (3-0)
Paleopathology is the study of ancient diseases and is an important tool for understanding of past populations. In this course we will survey the range of pathology on human skeletons such as trauma, infection, syphilis, tuberculosis, leprosy, anemia, metabolic disturbances, arthritis, and tumors.

5374Y Human Evolutionary Anatomy. (3-0)
This course is designed to give students an anatomical background to the study of human evolution with a focus on the comparative anatomy of apes, living humans, and fossil hominins.