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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Biological Anthropology

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (BANTH)

PROFESSOR GEORGE R. MILNER, Head, Department of Anthropology
(The Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Anthropology is offered by the Biological Anthropology Program in the Department of Anthropology.)

The Bachelor of Science degree provides the opportunity to develop a strong foundation in 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 biological anthropology and related fields. Students contemplating futures in biomedical or forensic sciences should consult with Penn State's Premedicine Office or the specific forensic science graduate program to make certain that additional courses in organic chemistry and physics that are required for admission are completed.

For the B.S. degree in Biological Anthropology, a minimum of 122 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.

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

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: 23-30 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 67credits [1]
(This includes 13 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits GN courses; 4 credits GQ courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (17 credits)
ANTH 002 GS(3), ANTH 021 GN(3), ANTH 045 GS;US;IL(3), BIOL 110 GN(4), STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (50 credits)
Select an additional 18 credits in ANTH elective courses other than ANTH 001, (no more than 9 credits from 190-199, 290-299, 390-399, and 490-499 other than 297 and 497) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 15 Biological Anthropology credits from the following ranges: ANTH 401-419(3) or ANTH 460-473(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 8 credits from the following: BIOL 129 GN(4), BIOL 230W GN(4), BIOL 240W GN(4), or KINES 202(4) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 9 credits from the following: B M B 251(3), B M B 401(3), B M B 484(3), B M B 485(3), BIOL 141 GN(3), BIOL 411(3), or BIOL 472(3), (Sem: 3-8)

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

Dept head updated by Publications: 10/19/11

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