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Biological Anthropology Labs and Education Plans

Cabrillo College is emphasizing the importance of a good Education Plan for student success.  If you set your goals for degree or transfer, you’re more likely to get somewhere – have a look at Cabrillo’s Transfer and Articulation Resources and talk with a Counselor to learn more.

Most Education Plans include a requirement for a Natural Science class and a Lab Science course. If you have not already done so, I strongly recommend trying to get into any section of the Biological Anthropology Lab (ANTHR1L) concurrently with the Introduction to Anthropology: Biological lecture (ANTHR1) to meet this requirement.  Students who are enrolled in both classes tend to do better in both classes, because of the opportunity to investigate materials “hands-on” that we’re discussing in lectures.  While all labs are currently fully enrolled for Spring 2013, some have very short wait lists, so you have a good chance of getting into those.  Check WEBADVISOR to see if there’s a lab that could work for you.  Your best chance of getting into the class is to be there at the start of class on the first day.

If you’re a serious student with an interest in transferring to a CSU or UCHonors Transfer Program - Cabrillo College, you should learn about the Honors Transfer Program at Cabrillo.  You need a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA to be part of this.  Honors students can participate in the Honors Research Symposium to be hosted at Stanford University May 4, 2013.


Extra Credit Opportunities 10/15 &10/17

Are you free from 12:40-2pm on Monday 10/15 and/or Wednesday 10/17?  Do you want to watch a biological-anthropology-themed movie?   Do you want some extra credit for one of my classes?

Come on by room 431.  Feel free to bring a sack lunch or popcorn.  See you there!

Welcome Fall 2012 Students

Greetings hominins!

Classes start on Monday, August 27th.  I’ve just posted the information and syllabus for each of my classes this term:

Anthr1 M 6:00-9:05pm rm431
Anthr1L MW 12:40-2:00pm rm431

There is still room in my lab section and a few of the other lab sections.  I highly recommend that students enrolled in Anthropology 1 also enroll in a lab section; taking lab at the same time as the lecture course tends to lead to better grades in both classes.  It also meets most natural science lab requirements.

The lecture and online sections have both been wait-listed since soon after enrollments began last Spring.  Therefore, it is imperative that enrolled students “show up” or I will drop them and give their spot to a student on the waitlist.

For Monday evening lecture students, that means you must be there on-time for the first meeting (or contact me well before the start of class if you don’t think you can make the first day and you don’t want to be dropped).

For ONLINE Anthr1 students, I need you to log in on Blackboard on Monday or Tuesday.  If you have not logged in (or otherwise contacted me) by Wednesday morning (8/29), I will consider you a “no show” and drop you from the class so that a wait-listed student can join the class.

Sorry to be so strict about initial attendance, but budget cuts at Cabrillo have forced us to reduce the number of sections we offer despite increased student demand.  These class cuts are due to cuts in funding from the state (see Why You Couldn’t Get Into a Class to learn more).  If you think you might drop a class, you should do so right away so that I can make room for someone else to add the class. 

Despite all the gloom and doom above, I promise, it’s going to be interesting and fun if you put in the effort to keep up with assignments, ASK QUESTIONS, and stay engaged.  Biological anthropology is all about sex, adventure, world travel, cute critters, creepy bones and the interpersonal politics that go on behind the scenes in every science.  With your help, it’s gonna be a great semester!

Make-Up for Week 3 Lab

Tuesday at 2:30 I will have a session for people to make-up part of the week 3 lab on skeletal anatomy, for those who were absent.  It will be in the usual lab room.  Be sure to bring the printed labsheet for week 3.

Midterm 1 Essays Posted

I’ve posted the essays for the first midterm in the password-protected section of the Cabrillo course website. These are due by the start of class on Tuesday, March 18th (preferably earlier by email). Please read the directions carefully. Consider all of the questions as a good preliminary study guide.