Exploring Genetics & Evolution Through Physical Anthropology
What you'll learn
- basic genetics, including: cells, DNA, chromosomes, meiosis, and mitosis
- basic Mendelian genetics, including: homozygous, heterozygous, dominant, recessive, and sex-linked inheritance
- how to create Punnet Squares and family pedigree charts
- basic Non-Mendelian genetics, including: polygenic, pleiotropy, and mitochondrial inheritance
- the history of evolutionary thought
- microevolution, including: natural selection, mutation, gene flow, genetic drift, and founder effect
- macroevolution, including: the concept of species, speciation, and the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium
- software to open PDFs, if you want to complete worksheets on your computer
- a printer, paper, and pen or pencil, ONLY if you want to print out worksheets and write on them
Did we really evolve from monkeys? Isn’t evolution “just” a theory? Does believing in evolution mean there is no God?
The answer to all three of these questions is NO!!
Evolution. It’s such a hot topic! But do you really know what evolution is, and what it means? Take this course and find out what evolution really is, and how it works!
This is an introductory Physical/Biological Anthropology course focusing on genetics & evolution. It is actually TWO classes in one—you will learn both genetics and evolution! So, why is half the course about genetics? Well, to really understand evolution and the way it works, you HAVE to understand some genetics. In this course, I’m assuming that you don’t have any background in science, so I’ll teach you everything you need to know.
Please note: this course does not focus on proving evolution. If you are against the idea of evolution and don’t want to learn about it, then this course is not for you. But if you’re curious about evolution and how it works, then enroll in this course!
Here is what you’ll learn in each unit:
Unit 1: What Physical Anthropology is & the Scientific Method
Unit 2: Introduction to genetics: the cell, DNA, chromosomes, mitosis, & meiosis
Unit 3: Mendelian genetics: homozygous, heterozygous, dominant, recessive, sex-linked, Punnett Squares, & family pedigree charts
Unit 4: Non-Mendelian genetics: polygenic, mitochondrial inheritance, & pleiotropy
Unit 5: The history of evolutionary thought, Charles Darwin, & natural selection
Unit 6: Microevolution: mutation, gene flow, genetic drift, & founder effect
Unit 7: Macroevolution: species, speciation, gradualism, punctuated equilibrium, & the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium
Unit 8: Real-World Connections, & Be Like an Anthropologist Activity
In this course, you will watch a combination of talking head videos and Powerpoint lectures. Lectures are followed by an article to read, a video to watch, and a short activity to do, to help you understand the concepts further. The activities don't need to be turned in, they are just to help you explore the course content. Then, at the end of each unit, there is a short quiz. At the end of the course, there is a final assignment where you can go out "in the field” to collect data and be like an Anthropologist!
This course is part of a series of Anthropology courses, called Anthropology 4U: The 4 Fields of Anthropology, For Everyone. The courses can be taken in any order, and you don't need to know anything about Anthropology to take these courses.
Enroll now, and begin your study of Physical Anthropology by learning about genetics and evolution!
Who this course is for:
- someone who knows nothing (or only a little) about Anthropology, and wants to learn
- someone who is taking a college Anthropology class and wants more information
- someone who is interested in genetics and evolution
Hi! I'm Keirsten Snover and I'm an Anthropologist! I'm the founder of Anthropology 4U, a small business aimed at bringing the 4 fields of Anthropology to the average person.
I earned a Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. I also have a Master's degree in Interdisciplinary History & Anthropology, as well as a B.A. in Anthropology from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington.
I have worked as a professional Medical Anthropologist for the Cleveland Clinic medical center, which is ranked the #2 hospital in the world. I also have worked for Archaeological & Historical Services, a respected Archaeology research company in Washington state.
My teaching experience includes 3 years as a frequent guest lecturer at Eastern Washington University. I also taught workshops in Forensic Anthropology through the Future Connections Program in Cleveland, Ohio, and also through the Gear Up Education Grant in Cheney, Washington. I have also taught Archaeology workshops through the Spokane Public Schools' Tessera Program. In addition, I have 5 years of experience as a Teaching Assistant for the Departments of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University and Eastern Washington University.
I have presented research at several professional conferences. For example, I studied disease and poverty in Nairobi, Kenya, and then presented my research, titled "The Intersection of Disease and Poverty in Slum Communities Around Nairobi, Kenya" at the 10th Annual Eastern Washington University Research and Creative Works Symposium in Cheney, Washington. As another example, I presented research as a contributing author on behalf of my research team at the Cleveland Clinic. The title was, "Preparing for a Genomic Future: Assessing the Educational Needs of Professionals in Clinical Genetics" and it was presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG) in Bethesda, Maryland.
I have several published articles in professional journals, including the following:
2018: Contributing Author for Thematic Feature Interview Forum: Space and the Outer Limits of Archaeology. International Journal of Student Research in Archaeology 4:19-27.
2015: Access to Resources in Astrobiology: A Consideration for Astrobiology Outreach. Astrosociological Insights 4(1):19-20.
2008: The Spanish Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: The Spokane Experience. Master's Thesis, Eastern Washington University.
2007: Contributing Author for Channeled Scabland Archaeology: Investigations at the Cattle Guard Site, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Eastern Washington University Report Series No. 6.
2005: Malaria in Africa: Is America Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem. Journal of Northwest Anthropology, 39(2): 189-194.
2005: Perceptions of Malaria among Western Populations and the Wandamba of Eastern Africa: A Cross-Cultural Comparison. Lambda Alpha Journal 35: 29-36.
I am a single mom with two children, a boy (age 18) and a girl (age 23). In my free time, I like to read and paint abstract art (with watercolors and acrylic). I also enjoy "hiking" in my wheelchair in the Dishman Hills Natural Area near my home in Spokane Valley, Washington.