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ANTHRO-101L - Physical Anthropology Lab - Kia Atsales

Course:Physical Anthropology Lab
Professor:Kia Atsales
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 8 Week
  • 16 Week


Hello Everyone! My name is Kia Atsales and I will be your instructor for ANTHRO-101L, the Physical Anthropology Lab!

This course will cover various topics within the field of physical anthropology, including: the analysis of evolutionary processes, how traits are inherited, the classification and observation of primates, the identification of the human lineage, among many others!

This is an online course, with weekly class meetings through Zoom. Course work will be presented and submitted through the Canvas site, which will open on the first day of the term. 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 I try to respond to emails within 48 hours; if you do not receive a response within 48 hours, I likely did not receive the email and you should follow up with me. 

Course Description

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ANTHRO-101, Physical Anthropology (Lecture)

Anthropology 101L is a laboratory course in physical anthropology designed to familiarize students with the materials and techniques of physical anthropology and provide hands on experience in the measurement, analysis, and comparison of fossil casts, skeletal materials, and cultural artifacts important to the study of human evolution. The course is designed primarily for non-science majors, but it can be used to meet transfer requirements in laboratory science for students with science majors.

What to Expect in this Course

You will not be able to access the course Canvas site until the first day of the semester. 

I developed a take-home Lab Kit that includes hands-on activities, experiments, handouts, etc. to try and make the online lab class a little more fun! You will need to stop by COC’s Valencia campus to pick it up; all safety precautions were followed when the kits were created and you do not have to return anything at the end of the term. I will be offering multiple days/times for Lab Kit pickup before we have our first lab meeting; those dates/times will be included in the course introduction email that will be sent out the week before the class begins.

Types of Assessments

For this class you will be completing lab activities, concept review, a primate observation project, and a midterm and final exam. 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

Required Lab Manual: Biological Anthropology: Engaging with Human Evolution (2nd Edition) by Soluri & Agarwal (2020)

Should I Get A Physical Textbook or an E-Book?

This decision is all about personal preference! The textbook is available for purchase through the COC bookstore; if you would like to purchase an E-Book, you will need to do so directly through the publisher (Norton Publishing at

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.

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Management of Stress and Mental Health

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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.

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Last updated: 07/02/2021 Sub#: 335