Bachelor of Science in Anthropology

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees.

Graduation Requirements

Major Requirements

Required Support Courses

Complete one of the following courses:3
Writing and the Sciences
Research Writing
Complete one of the following courses:4
Applied Statistics for the Sciences
Probability and Statistics
Upper-Division Natural Sciences
Complete six upper-division credits in ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, LSIS or PHYS.6
Total Credits13

 Required Anthropology Courses

Core Anthropology Courses
Complete the following courses:
ANTH A202Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH A205Biological Anthropology4
ANTH A210Linguistic Anthropology3
ANTH A211Archaeology4
ANTH A410Anthropological Theory3
Ethnographic Courses
Complete the following course:
ANTH A390AArctic and Subarctic Cultures *3
Complete one of the following courses:3
World Cultures *
Comparative Culture Studies *
Methodology Courses
Complete six credits from at least two the following courses: **6
Applied Anthropology
Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology
Field Methods in Archaeology and Bioanthropology
Applied Ethics in Anthropology *
Analytical Techniques in Archaeology and Bioanthropology *
Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology
Topical/Theoretical Courses *
Complete six credits from at least two of the following courses: **6
Culture and Human Biodiversity
Culture and Ecology
Culture and Health
Culture and Globalization
Health, Ritual and Science *
Historical Engagements *
Belief and Identity *
Topics in the Contemporary North *
Culture, Environment, Place *
Anthropology Electives
Complete any additional 3 credits in anthropology.3
Total Credits38

Specific topical emphasis for this course varies by offering. See catalog course descriptions for details.


Other upper-division special topics courses (ANTH A490) or independent study courses (ANTH A397 or ANTH A497) may be petitioned to satisfy methodological or topical/theoretical course requirements, depending on course content.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper-division.

Honors in Anthropology

The award of honors in anthropology recognizes outstanding achievement by undergraduate majors in the study of anthropology. To be eligible for departmental honors, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Be a declared anthropology major.
  2. Satisfy all of the requirements for a BA or BS in Anthropology.
  3. Meet the requirements for Graduation with Honors.
  4. Earn a grade point average of 3.50 or above in courses specific to the anthropology major.
  5. Complete a senior thesis project (taken as ANTH A499), based on library, laboratory or field research resulting in a substantial, thesis-quality paper defended before the anthropology faculty. The course may be taken on a one-semester (3-credit) or two-semester (6-credit) basis.
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