Human Evolutionary Biology Concentration

(42 credit hrs)

The Human Evolutionary Biology Concentration offers students a program to examine the interconnections between genetics, environment and culture to address issues from human origins and morphology to forensics and modern health.

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60- 75 hours). Please see your adviser.

All students must discuss their selection of coursework with a departmental adviser.

When a course is listed under two or more categories, the student may decide which of the requirements the course should fulfill; however, it may not be used to fulfill more than one of those requirements.

Anthropology Core Courses (9 credit hours)

Choose 3 of the following core courses. Students may make one substitution for 1 of the 3 required courses, choosing from the option listed.

ANTH 220- Introduction to Archaeology (OR ANTH 105 World Archaeology)
ANTH 230- Sociocultural Anthropology (OR ANTH 103 Anthro in a Changing World)
ANTH 240- Biological Anthropology (OR ANTH 102 Human Origins and Culture)
ANTH 270/271- Language in Culture (OR ANTH 104 Talking Culture)

Human Evolutionary Biology Courses (18 credit hrs)

Students take courses from 4 different categories: 2 courses from each of 2 categories, plus 1 course in each of the 2 remaining categories.

Evolution and Genetics:
ANTH 241 Human Variation and Race
ANTH 242 History of Human Evolution 
ANTH 249 Evolution and Human Disease 
ANTH 408 Human Evolutionary Anatomy 
ANTH 435 The Neandertal Debate
ANTH 438 Primate Life History Evolution 
ANTH 440 Human Paleontology 
ANTH 441 Human Genetics

Health:
ANTH 258 Sex in Nature and Culture 
ANTH 347 Human Osteology 
ANTH 343 Behavior and Biology of Women 
ANTH 437 Primate Behavioral Endocrinology 
ANTH 438 Primate Life History Evolution 
ANTH 447 Advanced Skeletal Biology

Behavior:
ANTH 243 Sociality of the Great Apes 
ANTH 258 Sex in Nature and Culture 
ANTH 343 Behavior and Biology of Women 
ANTH 435 The Neandertal Debate
ANTH 437 Primate Behavioral Endocrinology 
ANTH 438 Primate Life History Evolution 
ANTH 440 Human Paleontology 
ANTH 443 Primate Form and Behavior 
ANTH 446 Behavioral Inference and Fossils 
ANTH 347 Human Osteology
ANTH 447 Advanced Skeletal Biology

Comparative Anatomy:
ANTH 243 Sociality of the Great Apes 
ANTH 347 Human Osteology 
ANTH 346 Forensic Anthropology 
ANTH 408 Human Evolutionary Anatomy 
ANTH 435 The Neandertal Debate
ANTH 443 Primate Form and Behavior 
ANTH 446 Behavioral Inference and Fossils 
ANTH 447 Advanced Skeletal Biology

3 additional courses (9 credit hrs)
Select from any of the 4 categories, or another field of anthropology, or a related field such as statistics, psychology, chemistry etc. Course selection should complement the student's Human Evolutionary Biology focus. Meet with the departmental advisor to discuss course selection.

Research and Service Learning Coursework (3 credit hrs)

Choose one of the following:

ANTH 444 Methods in Bioanthropology
ANTH 445 Research in Bioanthropology

Senior Capstone Project (3 credit hrs)

Choose one option below in consultation with the departmental advisor:

Honors Thesis- (6 credit hours) 
Two consecutive semesters of research resulting in a written thesis
ANTH 494- Honors Individual Study 
ANTH 495- Honors Senior Thesis

Departmental distinction: To be eligible for distinction, a student must complete 33 hours of anthropology courses (including at least 6 hours of both ANTH 494 and ANTH 495), maintain a 3.6 average in those hours and a 3.5 overall average. All candidates for distinction must submit a thesis for judgment by at least two members of the anthropology department.

Senior Capstone Seminar (Independent Research)- 3 credit hours 
ANTH 498 –Senior Seminar

Internship- 3 credit hours
A portfolio and report associated with an approved departmental internship 
ANTH 390- Individual Study

Study Abroad- 3 credit hours 
A portfolio and report associated with an approved Study Abroad experience
ANTH 390- Individual Study

Research and/or Field School- 3-6 hours 
If not taken to meet the Research and Service Learning Coursework requirement above choose one of the following:

ANTH 444 Methods in Bioanthropology 
ANTH 445 Research in Bioanthropology

Further data analysis ANTH 445 or an additional approved biological anthropology research project-ANTH 444.