Courses

The program includes a minimum of 48 credit hours of course work, plus a dissertation (equivalent to 24 credit hours). Required courses are HOMP 6201, 8301, 8302, 8303; ANTH 6801; and a course in each of the following: genetics, geoscience or vertebrate paleontology, animal behavior or ecology, research methods, and statistical methods. The remainder of the course work is to be distributed among various interdisciplinary courses, including but not limited to the following: ANTH 3402, 6401, 6405, 6413, 6404, 6412; ANAT 6210, 6212; BISC 2214, 2332, 6210, 6216, 6228, 6230, 6249; GEOL 3126, 3140.

6201 Hominid Paleobiology (3 credits)
Study of human evolution through investigation of the fossil record; current research in reconstructing paleobiology. Adaptation, phylogeny and behavior reconstruction, site formation, and the taxonomy, site context, anatomy, behavior, and major issues surrounding each hominin taxon.

6995 Research (arr.)
Research on problems approved by the director of the program. Open to qualified students with advanced training. May be repeated for credit.

6998-99 Thesis Research (3-3 credits)

8202 Laboratory Techniques in Paleoanthropology (1 to 3 credits)
Introduction to a range of laboratory settings and research opportunities available in the larger metropolitan area.

8203-4 Ethics and Professional Practice (1-1 credits)
Consideration of ethical issues faced by all scientists, with focus on professional practice specific to research and teaching on human evolutionary studies.

8301 Problem-Based Learning Seminar (1 to 3 credits)
Problem-based tutorial in hominid paleobiology. Development of research skills through problem-solving tasks in a small group. May be repeated for credit.

8302 Public Understanding of Science Internship (3 credits)
Supervised participation in an institution that presents science to the public. Opportunity to participate in procedures and gain practical experience in disseminating scientific information to non-scientists.

8303 Paleobiology Lab Rotation (2 or 3 credits)
Supervised participation in a relevant laboratory. Students learn analytical techniques, handle diverse types of data, and encounter a range of disciplines as preparation for later participation in interdisciplinary research projects. Admission by permission of the program chair. May be repeated for credit.

8998 Advanced Reading and Research (arr.)
Limited to students preparing for the Doctor of Philosophy general examination. May be repeated for credit.

8999 Dissertation Research (arr.)
Limited to Doctor of Philosophy candidates. May be repeated for credit.