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Anthropology 3313-001:  (Instructor: Professor Duncan Metcalfe)

Meets with ANTH 5313.

This course presents the pre-European history of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau as it is currently understood.  A series of recent archaeological and palaeoecological case studies will be used to examine current controversies and directions for future work.


Anthropology 4261-001:  (Instructor: Professor Tyler Faith)

Meets with ANTH 6261. 

Advanced treatment of hominid fossil record from Miocene to recent. Related data in archaeology, geology, geochronology, taphonomy, and paleoclimatic reconstructions

Anthropology 4234-001:  (Instructor: Professor Alan Rogers)

Meets with ANTH 6234.

This course will use human genes to study health and history. Through genetic data, we will see how populations have grown, moved, and mixed. We will also see how humans have adapted to a changing environment, with results that are sometimes beneficial and sometimes unfortunate. The first part of the course provides background on evolution, the second uses genes to study history, and the last deals with adaptive and maladaptive consequences of evolution.

 A note on our numbering system:

  • 1000-level courses are intro courses, for both majors and non-majors
  • 2000-level courses are 'outreach' courses designed for non-majors, open to majors also
  • 3000-level courses are upper-division geographical area courses
  • 4000-level courses are upper-division topical courses
  • 5000-level courses are for juniors, seniors, and grad students

Both 3000 and 4000 courses are suitable for anyone who has taken an intro course in the relevant area, and many have no prerequisites at all. Please speak to the instructor if you are in doubt about your preparation.

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A note on undergraduate-graduate cross-listed courses:

Many of our 3000 and 4000-level courses are cross-listed with a 6000-level graduate course. What this means in practice is that a few (usually 1-4) graduate students will attend lectures simultaneously with the undergraduates, and have additional grad-only requirements. Lectures are taught at a level appropriate to the undergraduate numbering, and undergraduates and graduate students are always graded on a separate scale.

Last Updated: 11/29/17