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ANTHRO-101 - Physical Anthropology - Kia Catina Atsales

Course:Physical Anthropology
Professor:Kia Catina Atsales
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hello everyone - my name is Kia Atsales and I will be your instructor for ANTHRO-101, Introduction to Physical Anthropology!

This course will cover various topics within the field of physical anthropology, including: the analysis of evolutionary processes, primate anatomy and behavior, the excavation and study of archaeological sites, the identification of the human lineage, among many others!

This is a fully online class, with no meetings on campus. All course work will be presented and submitted through the course's Canvas site, which will open on the first day of the semester. For additional information on online education, I recommend visiting

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out! You can get in touch with me via email at; if you do not receive a response from me within 24 hours, I likely did not receive the email. 

Course Description

“This course focuses on the evolution of the human species and non-human primates primarily from the biological perspective. Topics include human heredity and population genetics, primate behavior and conservation, the human fossil record, and modern human variation.” [COC Catalog]

Student Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate how the primary concepts of evolutionary theory relate to human and non-human primate evolution.
  • Compare and contrast the living primates, including humans, using a biological and behavioral framework.

What to Expect in this Course

  1. All work will be presented and submitted through the course’s Canvas site; communication will be either via email ( or through Canvas Messenger.
  2. You will not be able to access the course Canvas site until the first day of the semester. On the first day of the semester you will need to log into Canvas to complete the Course Success Quiz (instructions on accessing the quiz will be found on the course's Canvas home page). This quiz is not for a grade, it is a way for me to identify who is planning to remain enrolled in the course. It will review information on the syllabus, as well as where to find various resources and information on the course’s Canvas site. If you do not complete the quiz by the submission deadline (the end of the first week), you will be dropped from the course as a no show.

Types of Assessments

For this class you will be completing active learning assignments (which include a combination of activities such as watching video clips and answering associated questions, conducting research and presenting your findings, etc.), discussion boards (where you will write responses and discuss topical prompts), homework assignments (consisting of objective questions, including matching, true/false, fill in the blank, and short answer), and two exams (a midterm and a final). A course introduction email will be sent out the week before the class begins, which will include a copy of the syllabus with further information on the course content, requirements, schedule, and grading policies.

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks to purchase for this course. We will be reading selections from the online textbook Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology, which will be provided for you as PDFs through the course’s Canvas site.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 10/05/2021 Sub#: 690