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B.S. Biological Anthropology

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Major Overview

The Biological Anthropology B.S. focus on the evolutionary aspect of health (including ecological dimensions contributing to emerging and chronic diseases) and aspects of human evolutionary biology, emphasizing training in biological, anatomical and molecular methods to study aspects of human biology and health at the level of the DNA molecule up to the level of whole organisms, ecologies, and societies.  The B.S. in Biological Anthropology is highly relevant to the interests in human and non-human primate health as it focus on the evolutionary and biological dimensions of health (from molecular and cellular to societal and ecological levels) and in the context of One Health (integration of human and other animal health).  Students in the B.S. in Biological Anthropology will further benefit from closely working with faculty scientists in their laboratories on campus.  The B.S. degree in Biological Anthropology is a great option for students interested in graduate school, pre-health careers, and careers in science.

Course Requirements

Lower Division (10 courses, 40 units)

  • Two courses of general biology (BILD 1, 2)
  • Three courses of general chemistry (Chem 6A, B, C)
  • Three courses of math/stats:
    • Choose two of these courses: Math 10A, B, C or 20A, B, C, and
    • Choose one of these courses: Math 11, Psych 60
  • One course in Anthropology: ANTH 2 (Human Origins)
  • One course in Anthropology or Psychology or Sociology: ANTH 43 (Introduction to the Biology and Culture of Race) or ANTH 42 (Primates in a Human-Dominated World) or ANTH 5 (The Human Machine: Skeleton Within) or SOCI 70 (Sociology for Pre-medical Students) or PSYC 1 (Psychology)

Upper Division (12 Courses, 48 units)

  • Three Anthropology Core Courses: ANTH 101 (Foundations of Social Complexity), ANTH 102 (Humans are Cultural Animals), ANTH 103 (Sociocultural Anthropology), and 
  • Four upper-division courses in Biological Anthropology (choose any ANBI course), and 
  • Four upper-division courses in Anthropology (choose any ANAR, ANBI, ANSC course)
  • One upper-division Methods course (choose any ANBI course from the list below):
    • ANBI 112. Methods in Human Comparative Neuroscience
    • ANBI 114. Methods in Primate Conservation
    • ANBI 135. Genetic Anthropology Lab Techniques
    • ANBI 143. The Human Skeleton
    • ANBI 144. Human Anatomy
    • ANBI 174. Conservation and the Media: Film Lab


Degree Check

In order to plan out your Anthropology major and remaining courses effectively, please utilize the Degree Check below. Students are encouraged to review their plan and progress with the Department's Undergraduate Advisor.

B.S. Biological Anthropology Degree Check