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Introduction to Biological Anthropology


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This is the home page for Mark Griffin's Introduction to Biological Anthropology course (Anth 100) at San Francisco State University. By following the links to the left and below you can register your response pad, find study materials for the text, access study materials for the lecture, and visit other websites with anthropology related material.


Disability Policy

Student Learning Outcomes

Students with disabilities who need reasonable accommodations are encouraged to contact the instructor.  The Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) is available to facilitate the reasonable accommodations process.  The DPRC is located in the Student Service Building and can be reached by telephone (voice/TTY 415-338-2472) or by email (


University Withdrawal Policy

The Withdrawal deadline occurs two weeks after the semester starts.  After this deadline, students must petition for a Withdrawal, or receive a non-passing grade for a class if they do not complete the requirements of the course.  Withdrawals are permitted only for serious and/ or compelling reasons.  In the last three weeks of the semester, students must be able to document the reason for their withdrawal.

    By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Explain the steps in the scientific method and use the example of evolutionary theory versus intelligent design to explain why the first is accepted as a valid scientific theory while the second is not.
  • Analyze the history of biological anthropology and the types of data that have been used in formulating various hypotheses of human origins; trace the impact of new technologies on the refinement and reformulation of these hypotheses.
  • Evaluate the evidence from the fossil record, genetic data, and comparative primatology to articulate well-reasoned responses to questions pertaining to human evolution and adaptation.
  • Compare and contrast alternative theories concerning the adaptive advantages and development of specific human traits such as bipedalism, encephalization, and language skills.
  • Describe the history of research on the distribution of human biological variation and scientific race concepts and demonstrate an understanding of the political and cultural impacts of these scientific interpretations in regards to social justice.
  • Use genetic and evolutionary theory to explain the pattern of modern human genotypic and phenotypic variation and relate them to ecological variables.
  • Give examples of the applications of theories in biological anthropology to contemporary problems in forensic investigations, health and medicine, and human growth and development.




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