BIS405 Genetic Anthropology

Lead Faculty: Dr. Joshua E. Olsberg

Course Description

This elective is open to non-science majors. This trans-disciplinary course is a comprehensive team science approach to learning the basic concepts of genetic anthropology, human evolution, migration and cultural diversity, genetics and human variation, and epidemiology of disease. It will make use of computer technology. Students will participate in virtual learning environments and be introduced to interdisciplinary case studies. Teams of students will engage in investigative data search and analysis. Patterns of human migration will be examined within the context of cultural diversity, language, and the impact of environment on disease.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify and describe the effects of population migration on cultural diversity .
  • actively engage in scientific inquiry based on a case study approach and problem centric research
  • conduct a data search that includes understanding the principles of data mining and data analysis
  • describe the genetic factors that contribute to ethnicity
  • identify specific genes that are identified with disease within a specific population
  • identify current challenges in disease patterns and treatments associated with specific populations.
  • compare historical events to current events and draw inferences from recent patterns of migration