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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State University Park

Archaeological Science

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (ARSCI)

PROFESSOR DOUGLAS J. KENNETT, Head, Department of Anthropology
(The Bachelor of Science degree in Archaeological Science is offered by the Archaeology Program in the Department of Anthropology.)

This degree provides the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in research methods, quantification, field methods, and laboratory science. It prepares students with the skills and competencies needed to pursue careers in cultural resource management. Students contemplating futures in nonacademic archaeology should consider this degree or some of its recommended courses.

For the B.S. degree in Archaeological Science, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

(10 of these 45 credits are included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)



ELECTIVES: 5 credits

(This includes 10 credits of General Education courses: 4 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GN courses.)

ANTH 002 GS(3), ANTH 011 GS;IL(3), ANTH 021 GN(3), ANTH 045 GS;US;IL(3), ANTH 421(3), ANTH 423(3), ANTH 428(3), ANTH 433(3), 3 credits from ANTH 492(3-6), 3 credits from ANTH 493(3-6), GEOSC 001(3), SOILS 101 GN(3), STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-6)

Select 9 additional Archaeology credits from the following ranges: ANTH 320-339 or ANTH 420-439 (Sem: 3-8)
Select an additional 18 credits in ANTH electives (other than ANTH 001, no more than 9 credits from 190-199, 290-299, 390-399, 490-499, other than 297 and 497) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits from GEOSC 320(3), or SOILS 416(4) (Sem: 6-8)

Integrated B.S. in Archaeological Science and B.A. in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies/M.A. in Anthropology Degree Requirements

The Department of Anthropology offers an integrated B.A./B.S./M.A. (IUG) program designed to allow academically superior students to obtain a B.A. or B.S. degree in Anthropology, a B.A. degree in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS), a B.S. degree in Archaeological Science and a M.A. degree in Anthropology in five years of study. To complete the program in five years, students interested in the Integrated Undergraduate and Graduate degree in Anthropology must apply for admission to the Graduate School and the Integrated B.S./M.S. Program by the end of their junior year.

During the first three years, the student will follow course scheduling for the B.A. degree in CAMS and either the B.A. degree in Anthropology or the B.S. degree in Archaeological Science (see the Undergraduate Bulletin). Students who intend to enter the IUG program are encouraged to take upper level classes during their first three years whenever appropriate. By the end of the junior year, students normally apply for admission to both the IUG program and to the Graduate School. Acceptance decisions will be made prior to the beginning of the senior year and M.A. advisors will be appointed for successful applicants. During the senior year, IUG students follow the scheduling of the selected options for their B.A. or B.S. majors, with an emphasis on completing 500-level course work as appropriate. During the senior year, IUG students will start work on their thesis research to meet the M.A. thesis requirements. During the fifth year, IUG students take courses fulfilling the M.A. degree requirements and complete their M.A. thesis.

Admission Requirements

Students who wish to complete the Integrated Undergraduate and Graduate Program in Anthropology should apply for admission to both the Graduate School and the IUG Anthropology Program no later than the end of their junior year. Successful students will be admitted formally into the graduate program in Anthropology just prior to their senior year, if their progress has been satisfactory. Admission prior to the senior year is also possible in some unusual circumstances. In all cases, admission to the program will be at the discretion of the joint Anthropology-CAMS admission committee. Criteria for admission include a minimum overall GPA of 3.4 in their majors, strong recommendation letters from faculty, and an excellent proposal for a research project with a specific adviser who has agreed to guide the student through to the completion of the M.A. thesis.

Graduate Coursework


493. Field Techniques (3)
521. Current Literature in Archaeology (2)
545. Seminar in Anthropology (6)
588. Method and Theory in Archaeology (3)
600. Thesis Research (6)


Four required credits in ANTH 494(1-12) or CAMS 494(1-12)
Six required credits in CAMS 592(3), 593(3-6), or 596(1-9)

NOTE: Internships will be counted as elective credits.

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-06-000

Review Date: 04/14/2015

UCA Revision #1: 8/2/06



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