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This page gives you a quick way to find out more about online and hybrid courses offered at MiraCosta. Click any course title to learn more about the course. Many instructors add details here about expectations for the course and what students need to do to get started.

Courses listed as "Online Only" may be completed entirely online.
Courses listed as "Hybrid" will have some class activity that takes place at a designated location in addition to your online coursework. This activity may range from a few proctored exams to regular meetings on a MiraCosta campus.

Biological Anthropology

This course examines the biological basis for animal forms and behaviors, including basic genetics and evolution theory; primate classification, ecology, and social behavior; the fossil and archaeological evidence for early human life; and the evolutionary basis for modern human variation in appearance and behavior. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for ANTH 101 or ANTH 101H. C-ID ANTH-110.

Subject: ANTH
Course Number: 101
Section Number: 2306
Units: 3
Instructor: Dorner,Meredith

Instructor information about this course

Learning Management System (LMS) for this course: Blackboard
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Office hours: by appointment
Instructor notes: This course is a fun introduction to biological anthropology. We explore what it means to be human by learning about many topics including: evolution, reproductive strategies, non-human primates, extinct hominids, and modern humans. The class is held 100% online, there are no face to face meetings. 

You begin the course by logging into blackboard on the first day of class and selecting the course. There will be a welcome announcement that will help you get started. Course grades are typically based off of the following assignments (note: this may change from one semester to the next): 
1. approximately weekly discussion board postings (we take some weeks off!). 
2. 3 noncumulative exams on course materials that are posted online (including online lecture videos, notes, and the text). 
3. one research paper based on observing nonhuman primates at the zoo (or an alternative paper assignment).

For book information, please see the MiraCosta bookstore website. Feel free to email me with questions!

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