These are the courses I am currently teaching at Mesa Community College:
ASM 104: Bones, Stones & Human Evolution: This course is an introduction to biological anthropology, which is the holistic study of humans and their biocultural adaptations to their environments. Evidence from both past and present human populations is examined. The class covers such topics as anthropological studies of genetics, non-human primate studies, human variation, and hominid/-nin evolution. It is a four-credit laboratory class, so each week students spend part of the class time applying concepts discussed in class via lab exercises.
ASM 275: Introduction to Forensic Anthropology: Forensic anthropologists are considered "advocates for the dead," the people best able to tell the story of a crime victim from her/his bones. This course provides a survey of the role of the forensic anthropologist, from the recovery scene to courtroom testimony. Basic background is provided in the use of skeletal and dental remains for identification of an individual. Use of DNA evidence and facial reconstruction techniques are also discussed as methods of positive identification, as well as methods used to determine cause of death. Case studies involving criminal investigations, mass disaster incidents, and global human rights issues are presented in class. Also included is a section on how forensic knowledge can be used to decipher historical mysteries of the ancient dead.