Classes I Teach

ChalkboardI have been trained as a Bioarchaeologist (the study of human remains from archaeological sites), so focus on teaching Biological Anthropology, BioAnth Lab, Forensic Anthropology, and Archaeology. I also enjoy teaching the Anthropology Field Studies class in the summers. Here are the formal course descriptions for the courses I offer at MJC.

Anthropology 101: Biological Anthropology

Introduction to human evolution. The evidence for human biological and behavioral adaptations is examined. Issues and topics will include the principles of genetics and evolution, human variation, comparative primate anatomy/behavior and an assessment of the human fossil record.

Anthropology 105: Biological Anthropology Laboratory (aka Anthro 101L)

This laboratory course is offered as a supplement to Introduction to Biological Anthropology either taken concurrently or in a subsequent term. Students will apply laboratory exercises using the scientific method to examine processes of human evolution and variation. Lines of evidence will include the study of genetics, comparative anatomy and behavior of primates, forensic anthropology, human fossils and their reconstruction.

Anthropology 107: Forensic Anthropology

Introduction to forensic anthropology as an applied field of physical anthropology; the methods of solving crimes with anthropological data and applying techniques designed for the analysis of human skeletal remains (personal identification, the determination of population, cause of death, DNA analysis, and issues of collection of physical evidence). Interaction between anthropologists and law enforcement agencies and human rights issues.

Anthropology 130: Archaeological Prehistory

An introduction to anthropological archaeology including concepts, theories, and methods employed by archaeologists in reconstructing past life ways of humans. Topics include history and interdisciplinary nature of archaeological research; data acquisition, analysis and interpretation with a discussion of applicable data and models; cultural resource management; professional ethics; and selected cultural sequences.

Anthropology 155/190/191/192: Anthropological Field Studies

Application of principles of anthropology through extended field studies at selected sites. Skills developed in cultural field studies, ethnographic data collection, archaeological artifact and site identification. Requires ability to work and study under rigorous conditions. Course name and number will vary depending on the location we plan to visit. Locations we regularly visit: American Southwest, Northwest of U.S., and California's Channel Islands. International/overseas locales we have visited or plan to visit: Italy, Hawai'i, Canada, Central/South America.


If you would like more information on these courses, you may access the MJC course catalog on the MJC website.