ASU courses related to Evolutionary Medicine

The list of courses below are relevant for those with interests in evolutionary theory and its application for health and disease. Not all classes have an explicit focus on evolutionary medicine, but do cover topics relevant to the field. Many classes are taught by CEM faculty and include coursework in anthropology and biology. 

Fall 2017 Course List

Fall 2017 classes:

ASB 100 - Introduction to Global Health – Jonathan Maupin

Current global health crises, challenges; tools for describing health and disease; ecological, cultural, social, historical, political-economic factors; comparative health systems.

ASB 101 - Anthropology: Understanding Human Diversity – Kevin Langergraber

Provides an integrated understanding of biological, historical, and cultural evolutionary processes that account for human variation. Specifically examines how humans evolved and how they obtained the characteristics that make us a unique species. Considers cultural and biological models of cooperation, resource acquisition and distribution, sex and marriage, parenting, conflict and warfare, political structures, power and status, sex roles, ritual, religion, and language.

ASB 210 - Human Sexuality: Anthropological Perspectives – Sarah Mathew

Examines the sexual nature and behavior of humans from both a biological and an anthropological point of view across various cultures around the globe.

ASB 294/ BIO 294 - Topic: Introduction to Evolutionary Medicine – Benjamin Trumble

This course is designed to introduce the basics of evolutionary medicine to students. Topics ranging from the evolution of antibiotic resistance, to aging, obesity and cancer will be discussed using an evolutionary framework to better understand how these issues came to be, and what can be done to prevent/treat/mitigate these conditions.

ASB 305 - Poverty and Global Health – Amber Wutich

From perspectives of anthropology and allied fields, explores critical, social justice, and ethical issues in health care, research, and disparities. Focuses on vulnerable and special populations.

ASB 368 - Hunter-Gatherers – Curtis Marean

Studies of known hunting and gathering societies with the goal of developing approaches to understanding past and/or present hunting and gathering societies.

ASB 462 - Medical Anthropology: Culture and Health – Daniel Hruschka

Role of culture in health, illness, and curing; health status, provider relations, and indigenous healing practices in United States ethnic groups.

ASM 104 - Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution – Thomas Morgan, Katie Hinde

Physical anthropology and archaeology. Evidence and processes of human evolution and of culture change. Primates. Fossil hominids and their tools. Race, variation, and heredity. Environment and human biology. Prehistoric culture and society.

ASM 201 - Epidemics and Outbreaks – Megan Jehn

Covers epidemiologic methods for the control of conditions such as infectious and chronic diseases, mental disorders, community and environmental health hazards, and unintentional injuries. Other topics include quantitative aspects of epidemiology, including data sources, measures of morbidity and mortality, evaluation of association and causality, and study design. A background in basic biology and a basic understanding of the principles of human diseases helpful in succeeding in this course.

ASM 246 - Human Origins – Robert Boyd

History of discoveries and changing interpretations of human evolution. Earliest ancestors to emergence of modern humans. Humanity's place in nature.

ASM 300 - Anthropological Sciences Seminar – Ana Hurtado

Focuses on the ways in which research findings are produced by diverse theories and methods in the anthropological sciences, usually in combination with other life and physical sciences, with a strong focus on combination anthropological conceptual frameworks with quantitative methodologies.

ASM 301 - Peopling of the World – Charles Perreault

Reviews all evidence for human dispersal during the last 100,000 years, origins of language, cultures, races, and beginnings of modern humans.

ASM 345 - Disease and Human Evolution – Anne Stone

Interaction of people and pathogens from prehistoric times to the present, with emphasis on disease as an agent of genetic selection.

ASM 443/543  – Primatology – Ian Gilby

Evolution and adaptations of nonhuman primates, emphasizing social behavior. Includes material from fossil evidence and field and lab studies in behavior and biology which must be critically integrated with relevant competing theories concerning the evolution of primate behavior and biology.

ASM 446 - Principles of Human Genetics – Kevin Langergraber

Molecular and cellular analysis of the human genome.

ASM 506 - Clinical Gross Anatomy – Cheryl Hill, Anne Stone, Shawn Zack

Dissection of the human body with an emphasis on the application of anatomical knowledge to clinical applications.

ASM 570 - Fundamentals of CAS Science – Michael Barton, Manfred Laubichler

Many phenomena of critical relevance to human society are dynamic systems that change over individual and evolutionary time scales, and are highly interactive, both within and between systems. That is, they are complex adaptive systems (CAS), and thus share isomorphic properties like near-decomposability, hierarchical organization, scale-free networks, self-organized criticality, and emergence. Fundamentals of CAS science explores the diverse, interdisciplinary applications of a complex adaptive systems across the social, behavioral, and life sciences.

BIO 201 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I – Heather Hutcherson, Delon Washo-Krupps

Studies the structure and function of the human body. Topics include cells, tissues, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous system. Cannot be used for major credit in the life sciences.

BIO 202 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Heather Hutcherson, Delon Washo-Krupps

Studies the structure and function of the human body. Topics include cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic/immune, endocrine, renal, digestive, and reproductive systems. Cannot be used for major credit in the life sciences.

BIO 302 - Cancer-Mother of All Diseases – Carolyn Compton

History of cancer; disease statistics; pathogenesis; diagnosis, treatment and prevention; case studies.

BIO 311 - Biology and Society – Matthew Chew

Explores interactions between biological sciences and society, e.g., biomedical, environmental, ethical, historical, legal, philosophical, political, and social issues.

BIO 345 – Evolution – Carlo Maley, Martin Wojciechowski

Processes of adaptive change and speciation in sexual populations.

BIO 360 - Animal Physiology – Sara Brownell, Brian Haney, Miles Orchinik

Principles and mechanisms of physiological regulation in animals, with a focus on humans.

BIO 385 - Comparative Invertebrate Zoology – Jon Harrison

Characteristics, life cycles, adaptations, and evolution of invertebrate animals.

BIO 394 - Topic: Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology – Athena Aktipis

What is human nature? How has it been shaped by our evolutionary history? How do ecological factors influence human behavior and the behavior of other species? This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to behavior, incorporating psychological, anthropological and cross-species perspectives in an exploration of what makes us who we are.

BIO 431 - Genes, Development, and Evolution – Jennifer Hackney Price

Contribution of genes, developmental processes, and evolution to pattern of phenotypic variation, including disease.

BIO 498/598 Populations Evolution Genetics- Jeffrey Jensen

This course will introduce students to the basic concepts of population genetics. Topics will include an overview of the historical underpinnings of evolutionary theory, a description of the forces driving evolution, as well as  recent examples of how population genetic inference is being used to study questions ranging from the demographic history of humans during global colonization, to the evolution of drug resistance in viruses. The course will be centered around weekly lectures and small group discussions, and supplemented with both textbook and primary readings.

BIO 598 - Topic: The RNA World: A Genomics Approach – Marco Mangone

Topical courses not offered in regular course rotation--e.g., new courses not in the catalog, courses by visiting faculty, courses on timely topics, highly specialized courses responding to unique student demand.

BIO 790 - Topic: Developmental Evolution – Manfred Laubichler

Independent study in which a student meets regularly with a faculty member to discuss assignments. Course may include such assignments as intensive reading in a specialized area, writing a synthesis of literature on a specified topic, or writing a literature review of a topic.