Anthropological Science, B.S.

Program Code: ANTHS_BS

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science in Anthropological Science, a minimum of 120 credits are required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 18
Requirements for the Major 61

4 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 4 credits of GQ courses. 

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

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. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ANTH 2NWorld Archaeology Keystone/General Education Course3
ANTH 21Introductory Biological Anthropology Keystone/General Education Course3
ANTH 45NCultural Diversity: A Global Perspective Keystone/General Education Course3
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Area/Survey courses:
Select 6 credits of ANTH courses at the 200 level or below (excluding ANTH 1, ANTH 83S, and courses in the following ranges: 190-199, 290-299, other than 297)6
Methods courses:
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Intellectual Background of Archaeology
Anthropology Museum Studies
Osteology
Skeletal Forensic Anthropology
Intro to Geospatial Science in Anthropology and Archaeology
Zooarchaeology
Archaeological Laboratory Analysis
ANTH 427
Archaeological Methods and Theory
Paleoethnobotany
Advanced Geospatial Science for Anthropologists and Archaeologists
Environmental Archaeology
Ethnographic Field Methods
Intermediate Field Methods
Field Techniques
Requirements for the Option
Requirements for the Option: Require a C or better
Select an Option33

Requirements for the Option

Archaeological Science Option (33 credits)
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 12 archaeology credits from the range ANTH 420-439 12
Select 3 biological anthropology credits from ANTH 400-419, ANTH 460-4733
Select 3 human ecology/cultural anthropology credits from ANTH 440-459, ANTH 474-4793
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
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.15
Biological Anthropology Option (33 credits)
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 12 biological anthropology credits from ANTH 400-419, ANTH 460-47312
Select 3 archaeology credits from the range ANTH 420-4393
Select 3 human ecology/cultural anthropology credits from ANTH 440-459, ANTH 474-4793
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
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. 15
Human Ecology Option (33 credits)
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 12 human ecology/cultural anthropology credits from ANTH 440-459, ANTH 474-47912
Select 3 archaeology credits from the range ANTH 420-4393
Select 3 biological anthropology credits from ANTH 400-419, ANTH 460-4733
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
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.15
Integrated Anthropological Science Option (33 credits)
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 archaeology credits from the range ANTH 420-4396
Select 6 biological anthropology credits from ANTH 400-419, ANTH 460-4736
Select 6 human ecology/cultural anthropology credits from ANTH 440-459, ANTH 474-4796
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
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).15

Integrated B.A. degree in Anthropology or B.S. degree in Anthropological Science, B.A. degree in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS), and M.A. degree in Anthropology

Requirements for the Integrated B.A. degree in Anthropology or B.S. degree in Anthropological Science, B.A. degree in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS), and M.A. degree in Anthropology can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
814-865-2545
Use the Liberal Arts Majors and Minors web page to see the contact information for the specific adviser(s) of this program

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Archaeological Science Option: Anthropological Science, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANTH 2N*3ANTH 21*3
General Education Course (GWS)*3General Education Course (GWS)3
General Education Course or First-Year Seminar3General Education Quantification (GQ)3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3Elective3
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANTH 45N*3ANTH Survey Course (200-Level and Below)*3
ANTH Survey Course (200-Level and Below)*3Supporting Course (Archaeological)*13
Supporting Course (Archaeolgical)*13General Education Course3
STAT 200 (GQ)‡†4General Education Course3
General Education Course3Elective3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANTH Methods Course*23ANTH Methods Course*23
Supporting Course (Archaeological)*13ANTH (400-Level Archaeological Science Course)*3
ANTH (400-Level Archaeological Science Course)*3ANTH (400-Level Biological Anthropology or Human Ecology Course)*3
General Education Course 3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANTH Methods Course*23ANTH (400-Level Archaeological Science Course)*3
ANTH (400-Level Archaeological Science Course)*3ANTH (400-Level Biological Anthropology or Human Ecology Course)*3
General Education Course (GWS)*3Supporting Course (Archaeological)*13
Supporting Course (Archaeological)*13General Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
General Health and Wellness Course (GHW)1.5Elective3
Elective3 
 16.5 13.5
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Note:

All students must take an LA First Year Seminar that will also count as General Education.

Biological Anthropology Option: Anthropological Science, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANTH 21*3ANTH 45N*3
General Education Course (GWS)*3General Education Course (GWS)3
General Education Course or First-Year Seminar3General Education Quantification (GQ)3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3Elective3
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANTH 2N*3ANTH Survey Course (200-Level and Below)*3
ANTH Survey Course (200-Level and Below)*3Supporting Course (Biological)*13
Supporting Course (Biological)*13General Education Course3
STAT 200 (GQ)‡†4General Education Course3
General Education Course3Elective3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANTH Methods Course*23ANTH Methods Course*23
Supporting Course (Biological)*13ANTH (400-Level Biological Anthropology Course)*3
ANTH (400-Level Biological Anthropology Course)*3ANTH (400-Level Archaeological Science or Human Ecology Course)*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANTH Methods Course*23ANTH (400-Level Biological Anthropology Course)*3
ANTH (400-Level Biological Anthropology Course)*3ANTH (400-Level Archaeological Science or Human Ecology Course)*3
General Education Course (GWS)*3Supporting Course (Biological)*13
Supporting Course (Biological)*13General Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
General Health and Wellness Course (GHW)1.5Elective3
Elective3 
 16.5 13.5
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Note:

All students must take an LA First Year Seminar that will also count as General Education.

Human Ecology/Cultural Anthropology Option: Anthropological Science, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANTH 45N*3ANTH 21*3
General Education Course (GWS)*3General Education Course (GWS)3
General Education Course or First-Year Seminar3General Education Course (GQ)3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3Elective3
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANTH 2N*3ANTH Survey Course (200-Level and Below)*3
ANTH Survey Course (200-Level and Below)*3Supporting Course (Human Ecology)*13
Supporting Course (Human Ecology)*13General Education Course3
STAT 200 (GQ)‡†4General Education Course3
General Education Course3Elective3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANTH Methods Course*23ANTH Methods Course*23
Supporting Course (Human Ecology)*13ANTH (400-Level Human Ecology Course)*3
ANTH (400-Level Human Ecology Course)*3ANTH (400-Level Archaeological Science or Biological Anthropology Course)*3
General Education Course 3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANTH Methods Course*23ANTH (400-Level Human Ecology Course)*3
ANTH (400-Level Human Ecology Course)*3ANTH (400-Level Archaeological Science or Biological Anthropology Course)*3
General Education Course (GWS)*3Supporting Course (Human Ecology)*13
Supporting Course (Human Ecology)*13General Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
General Health and Wellness Course (GHW)1.5Elective3
Elective3 
 16.5 13.5
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Note:

All students must take an LA First Year Seminar that will also count as General Education.

Integrated Option: Anthropological Science, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANTH 45N*3ANTH 21*3
General Education Course (GWS)*3General Education Course (GWS)3
General Education Course or First-Year Seminar3General Education Quantification (GQ)3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3Elective3
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANTH 2N*3ANTH Survey Course (200-Level and Below)*3
ANTH Survey Course (200-Level and Below)*3Supporting Course* 1, 2, or 33
Supporting Course* 1, 2, or 33General Education Course3
STAT 200 (GQ)‡†4General Education Course3
General Education Course3Elective3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANTH Methods Course*43ANTH Methods Course*43
Supporting Course* 1, 2, or 33ANTH (400-Level Biological Anthropology Course)*3
ANTH (400-Level Archaeological Science Course)*3ANTH (400-Level Human Ecology Course)*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ANTH Methods Course*43ANTH (400-Level Biological Anthropology Course) *3
ANTH (400-Level Archaeological Science Course)*3ANTH (400-Level Human Ecology Course)*3
General Education Course (GWS)*3Supporting Course* 1, 2, or 33
Supporting Course* 1, 2, or 33General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Health and Wellness Course (GHW)1.5Elective3
Elective3 
 16.5 13.5
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY
410 Carpenter Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-2509
anthropology@la.psu.edu

http://anth.la.psu.edu/