Major

The Evolutionary Anthropology major offers two degree options:

  1. Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree
  2. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree

All students receive hands-on laboratory experiences and will investigate and critically review the techniques used in the study of evolutionary theory, paleontology, functional morphology and behavior. All students will also apply their knowledge in at least one advanced-level capstone courses.

Tracking Worksheets

Track your progress with your advisor using our evolutionary anthropology Major Worksheet (both B.S. and B.A.).

Course Requirements

B.S. Degree Requirements B.A. Degree Requirements
Core Requirements
  • EvAnth 101 or 101D, Introduction to Evolutionary Anthropology
  • 1 course from the Behavior, Ecology and Cognition area (200-level or higher course)
  • 1 course from the Anatomy and Paleoanthropology area (200-level or higher course)
  • 3 EvAnth electives
  • 3 additional electives in EvAnth or from our pre-approved list of courses in other departments.  approved electives list
    • Of the above courses (overlapping)
      • 1 capstone course (must be 400-level or higher course) in EvAnth
      • 1 field/lab experience course (must be 200-level or higher course or research independent study) in EvAnth

Note: No more than two independent studies can be used towards requirements for the major.

Core Requirements
  • EVANTH101 or 101D, Introduction to Evolutionary Anthropology
  • 1 course from the Behavior, Ecology and Cognition area (200-level or higher course)
  • 1 course from the Anatomy and Paleoanthropology area (200-level or higher course)
  • 3 EvAnth electives
  • 4 additional electives in EvAnth or from our pre-approved list of courses in other departments.  approved electives list   
    • Of the above courses (overlapping)
      • ​1 capstone course (must be 400-level or higher course) in EvAnth
      • 1 field/lab experience course (must be 200-level or higher course or research independent study) in EvAnth
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Note: No more than two independent studies can be used towards requirements for the major.

B.S. Co-Requisites
  • BIO 201L, Gateway to Biology: Molecular Biology
  • BIO 202L, Gateway to Biology: Genetics and Evolution
  • CHEM 101DL, Core Concepts of Chemistry
  • CHEM 201DL Organic Chemistry
  • MATH 111 Laboratory Calculus I
  • PHYSICS 141L General Physics: Mechanics
  • STATISTICS (introductory level)*

 

NOTE: Co-requisite courses can be replaced by equivalent courses/AP credit; contact our Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for details.

B.A. Co-Requisites
  • BIO 202L, Gateway to Biology, Genetics and Evolution
 

Study Options – B.S. and B.A.

  • Customize your B.S. or B.A. studies further by earning a formal concentration. Concentrations require 3 courses within a given area. These can overlap with other major requirements detailed above. Concentrations are declared with the registrar and will be listed on your transcript. Concentration options include:

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Approved Electives

There may be other courses, especially “special topics” courses and/or study abroad courses, that would be appropriate as electives. To have a course considered as an elective that is not on this list, you will need to petition the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) in writing. Be sure to include a detailed explanation of how the course relates to Evolutionary Anthropology and your particular line of study in the department. Both your advisor and the DUS must approve the petition.

NOTE: Several courses listed are cross-listed with other departments.

B.S. Track Electives B.A. Track Electives
Biology
  • BIOLOGY 206L, Organismal diversity
  • BIOLOGY 207, Organismal Evolution
  • BIOLOGY 209 Ecology for a Crowded Planet
  • BIOLOGY 210FS Genomes, Biology and Med
  • BIOLOGY 212L General Microbiology
  • BIOLOGY 215 Intro to Math. Modeling in Bio
  • BIOLOGY 224 Fundamentals of Neuroscience
  • BIOLOGY 232S Comparative Biomechanics
  • BIOLOGY 248 Evolution of Animal Form
  • BIOLOGY 250 Population Genetics
  • BIOLOGY 251L Molecular Evolution
  • BIOLOGY 267 Evolution of Animal Behavior
  • BIOLOGY 270A Conservation Biology / Policy
  • BIOLOGY 273LA Marine Ecology
  • BIOLOGY 278LA Physiology of Marine Animals
  • BIOLOGY 280A Fundamentals Tropical Biology
  • BIOLOGY 281LA Res Methods Tropical Biology
  • BIOLOGY 284A South African Ecosystems
  • BIOLOGY 285LA Field Research & Savana Eco
  • BIOLOGY 288A Biogeography Australia
  • BIOLOGY 329L Principles of Animal Physiology
  • BIOLOGY 330L Comp and Funt. Anat of Verts
  • BIOLOGY 345 Evol Transitions in Fossil Recrd
  • BIOLOGY 350 Complex traits and Evol Gen
  • BIOLOGY 361LS Terrestrial Field Ecology
  • BIOLOGY 365 Infectious Disease
  • BIOLOGY 373LA Sen Phys/ Bhv Marine Animals
  • BIOLOGY 413L Genomics
  • BIOLOGY 430S Advanced Anatomy
  • BIOLOGY 546S Biology of Mammals
  • BIOLOGY 556(L) Systematic Biology
  • BIOLOGY 557L Microbial Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOLOGY 559S Foundations of Behavior Ecology
  • BIOLOGY 561D Tropical Ecology
  • BIOLOGY 565L Biodiversity Science and App
  • BIOLOGY 567S Genetic Basis of Behavior
  • BIOLOGY 650 Molecular Population Genetics
  • BIOLOGY 651S Speciation
  • BIOLOGY 652S The Life and Work of Darwin
  • BIOLOGY 665L Models for Environmental Data
  • BIOLOGY 668 Population Ecology

* Can only be used as an elective by students on the B.A. track (the B.S. track requires BIOLOGY 201L as co-requisite)

  • BIOLOGY 201L* Gateway To Biology
  • BIOLOGY 204* Biological Data Analysis
  • BIOLOGY 206L Organismal diversity
  • BIOLOGY 207 Organismal Evolution
  • BIOLOGY 209 Ecology for a Crowded Planet
  • BIOLOGY 210FS Genomes, Biology and Med
  • BIOLOGY 212L General Microbiology
  • BIOLOGY 215 Intro to Math. Modeling in Bio
  • BIOLOGY 224 Fundamentals of Neuroscience
  • BIOLOGY 232S Comparative Biomechanics
  • BIOLOGY 248 Evolution of Animal Form
  • BIOLOGY 250 Population Genetics
  • BIOLOGY 251 Molecular Evolution
  • BIOLOGY 267 Evolution of Animal Behavior
  • BIOLOGY 270A Conservation Biology / Policy
  • BIOLOGY 273LA Marine Ecology
  • BIOLOGY 278LA Physiology of Marine Animals
  • BIOLOGY 280A Fundamentals Tropical Biology
  • BIOLOGY 281LA Res Methods Tropical Biology
  • BIOLOGY 284A South African Ecosystems
  • BIOLOGY 285LA Field Research & Savana Eco
  • BIOLOGY 288A Biogeography Australia
  • BIOLOGY 329L Principles of Animal Physiology
  • BIOLOGY 330L Comp and Fxn Anat of Vertebrates
  • BIOLOGY 345 Evol Transitns in Fossil Recrd
  • BIOLOGY 350 Complex traits and Evol Gen
  • BIOLOGY 361LS Terrestrial Field Ecology
  • BIOLOGY 365 Infectious Disease
  • BIOLOGY 373LA Sen Phys/ Bhv Marine Animals
  • BIOLOGY 413L Genomics
  • BIOLOGY 430S Advanced Anatomy
  • BIOLOGY 546S Biology of Mammals
  • BIOLOGY 556(L) Systematic Biology
  • BIOLOGY 557L Microbial Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOLOGY 559S Foundations of Behavior Ecology
  • BIOLOGY 561D Tropical Ecology
  • BIOLOGY 565L Biodiversity Science and App
  • BIOLOGY 567S Genetic Basis of Behavior
  • BIOLOGY 650 Molecular Population Genetics
  • BIOLOGY 651S Speciation
  • BIOLOGY 652S The Life and Work of Darwin
  • BIOLOGY 665L Models for Environmental Data
  • BIOLOGY 668 Population Ecology
Biochemistry
  • BIOCHEM 301 Introductory Biochemistry I
  • BIOCHEM 301 Introductory Biochemistry I
Cell Biology
  • CELLBIO 503 Intro to Physiology
  • CELLBIO 503 Intro to Physiology
Chemistry
  • CHEM 202L Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 202L Organic Chemistry, or Chem 201DL may count toward AB
Cultural Anthropology
  • CULANTH 208 Anthropology of Race
  • CULANTH 208 Anthropology of Race
Earth Science
  • EOS 509S Paleoclimate
  • EOS 510S Paleoenvironment Analysis
  • EOS 509S Paleoclimate
  • EOS 510S Paleoenvironment Analysis
Economics
Students studying the evolution/ecology of behavior may be interested in some advanced level courses in economics (e.g., game theory, models of cooperation and conflict). See your advisor or the DUS about prereqs and appropriate courses.
Environmental Science
  • ENVIRON 210D Conserving the Variety of Life on Earth
  • ENVIRON 226S Field Methods Env/Earth Science (counts as field/lab)
  • ENVIRON 210D Conserving the Variety of Life on Earth
  • ENVIRON 226S Field Methods Env/Earth Science (counts as field/lab)
Philosophy
  • PHIL 314 Philosophy of Biology
  • PHIL 314 Philosophy of Biology
Psychology
  • PSY 251 Learning/Adapt Behavior
  • PSY 257 Introduction to Cog Neurosc
  • PSY 273 Behavior/Neurochemistry
  • PSY 275 Fund. Neurosci ence
  • PSY 276 Brain and Behavior
  • PSY 281 Neuro App to Social Behav
  • PSY 374S Human Sexuality
  • PSY 575 Brain and Language
  • PSY 659S Nonverbal Cognition
  • PSY 667S Learning and Cognition
  • PSY 670S Language, Brain and Behav
  • PSY 684S Hormones, Brain and Cog
  • PSY 251 Learning/Adapt Behavior
  • PSY 257 Introduction to Cog Neurosc
  • PSY 273 Behavior/Neurochemistry
  • PSY 275 Fund. Neuroscience
  • PSY 276 Brain and Behavior
  • PSY 281 Neuro App to Social Behav
  • PSY 374S Human Sexuality
  • PSY 575 Brain and Language
  • PSY 659S Nonverbal Cognition
  • PSY 667S Learning and Cognition
  • PSY 670S Language, Brain and Behav
  • PSY 684S Hormones, Brain and Cog
Neuroscience
  • NEUROSCI 380L Functional Anatomy of the Human Brain
  • NEUROSCI 380L Functional Anatomy of the Human Brain
Statistics
B.S. students will use statistics as a co-requisite rather than an elective. Any introductory level stats course (typically 101 or 102) can be used as an elective for the B.A. degree.