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University Bulletin
Undergraduate Degree Programs

Anthropological Science

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (ANTHS_BS)

PROFESSOR TIMOTHY RYAN, Head

The Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropological Science provides the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in anthropological theory, research methods, quantification, and laboratory science. It prepares students with the skills and competencies needed to pursue graduate study or careers in professions associated with archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, ecological anthropology and related fields. Students contemplating futures in anthropological research, biomedical, forensic, or archaeological sciences should consider this degree.

Archaeological Science Option: The Archaeological Science option provides the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in the theory, methods and application of archaeological science. The focus is on advanced research methods, quantification, field methods, and laboratory science. It prepares students with the skills and competencies needed to pursue graduate study in archaeology as well as careers in cultural resource management. Supporting coursework in related disciplines is intended to provide depth and breadth of knowledge from the perspective of related fields.

Biological Anthropology Option: The Biological Anthropology option provides the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in the theory and methods of biological anthropology. The focus is on the theoretical underpinnings of biological anthropology together with advanced research methods, quantification, and laboratory methods current within the field. This option prepares students with the skills and competencies needed to pursue graduate study, training in the medical professions, as well as careers in professions associated with biological anthropology and related fields. Supporting coursework in related disciplines is intended to provide broader understanding of biological, ecological, and evolutionary theory.

Human Ecology Option: The Human Ecology option focuses on the theory and methods of human behavioral ecology and cultural anthropology. Students are introduced to the theories and methods current in the field of human ecology, focusing on understanding the human condition from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Students will gain competency in human cultural and behavioral variation. This option prepares students for graduate study or a diversity of careers in fields related to anthropology. Supporting coursework in related disciplines is intended to supplement and broaden perspectives on the study of the human condition.

Integrated Anthropological Science Option: The Integrated Anthropological Science option provides students with an opportunity to bridge the three main subdiscplinary areas within Anthropology. This option allows students to focus on the ways in which an integrated theoretical and methodological approach to anthropology can provide powerful insights into the human condition. Coursework cuts across all three areas and allows students to make links between the subdiscplines. This option prepares students for graduate study or careers in any field related to Anthropology.

For the B.S. in Anthropological Science, a minimum of 120 credits are required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing Given Like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(13 of these 45 credits are included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 27 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 61 credits[1]

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 28 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (13 credits)
ANTH 2 GS(3), ANTH 21 GN(3), ANTH 45 GS;USL;IL(3), STAT 200 GQ(4)

ADDTIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Area/Survey courses: Select 6 credits of ANTH courses at the 200 level or below (excluding ANTH 1 GS;US;IL(3), ANTH 83S, and courses in the following ranges: 190-199, 290-299, other than 297) (Sem: 1-5)

Methods courses: Select 9 credits of Methods courses from: ANTH 321W, ANTH 380, ANTH 410, ANTH 411, ANTH 421, ANTH 425, ANTH 426W, ANTH 427W, ANTH 428, ANTH 429, ANTH 431, ANTH 432, ANTH 458, ANTH 492, ANTH 493. Students in Archaeological Science option are required to take ANTH 492/493 Field School. (Sem: 3-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 33 credits

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE OPTION: (33 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 12 archaeology credits from the range ANTH 420-439 
Select 3 biological anthropology credits from ANTH 400-419, ANTH 460-473
Select 3 human ecology/cultural anthropology credits from ANTH 440-459, ANTH 474-479

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits of supporting courses from the list of approved courses in consultation with an adviser. See department for current list for the Archaeological Science Option.

BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY OPTION: (33 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 12 biological anthropology credits from ANTH 400-419, ANTH 460-473
Select 3 archaeology credits from the range ANTH 420-439
Select 3 human ecology/cultural anthropology credits from ANTH 440-459, ANTH 474-479

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits of supporting courses from the list of approved courses in consultation with an adviser. See department for current list for the Biological Anthropology Option.

HUMAN ECOLOGY OPTION: (33 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 12 human ecology/cultural anthropology credits from ANTH 440-459, ANTH 474-479
Select 3 archaeology credits from the range ANTH 420-439
Select 3 biological anthropology credits from ANTH 400-419, ANTH 460-473

SUPPORTING COURSES AND REALTED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits of supporting courses from the list of approved courses in consultation with an adviser. See department for current list for the Human Ecology Option.

INTEGRATED ANTHROPOLOGICAL SCIENCE OPTION (33 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 6 archaeology credits from the range ANTH 420-439
Select 6 biological anthropology credits from ANTH 400-419, ANTH 460-473
Select 6 human ecology/cultural anthropology credits from ANTH 440-459, ANTH 474-479

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits of supporting courses from the list of approved courses in consultation with an adviser. See department for current list of courses. Students in the Integrated Anthropological Science option must take at least 3 unique credits from each of the three subject area lists (Archaeological Science, Biological Anthropology, Human Ecology).

[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: Fall 2017

Blue Sheet Item #: 46-03-040

Review Date: 11/14/2017

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