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:

OR

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. Degree A.B. Degree
  • BIO 206L Organismal diversity
  • BIO 207 Organismal Evolution
  • BIO 209-1 Ecology of Human Health
  • BIO 209 D2 Ecology for a Crowded Planet
  • BIO 212L General Microbiology
  • BIO 215 Intro to Math. Modeling in Bio
  • BIO 248 Evolution of Animal Form
  • BIO 250 Population Genetics
  • BIO 251L Molecular Evolution
  • BIO 267 D Evolution of Animal Behavior
  • BIO 270A Conservation Biology / Policy
  • BIO 273LA Marine Ecology
  • BIO 278LA Physiology of Marine Animals
  • BIO 288A Biogeography Australia
  • BIO 304* Biological Data Analysis
  • BIO 329L Principles of Animal Physiology
  • BIO 330L Comp & Fxn Anat of Vertebrates
  • BIO 345 Evol Trans in Fossil Record
  • BIO 350 Complex traits and Evol Gen
  • BIO 361LS Field Ecology
  • BIO 365 Infectious Disease
  • BIO 373LA Sen Phys/ Bhv Marine Animals
  • BIO 431S Intro to Embryology
  • BIO 546S Biology of Mammals
  • BIO 556(L) Systematic Biology
  • BIO 557L Microbial Ecology and Evolution
  • BIO 559S Foundations of Behavior Ecology
  • BIO 561D Tropical Ecology
  • BIO 565L Biodiversity Science and App
  • BIO 650 Molecular Population Genetics
  • BIO 652S The Life and Work of Darwin
  • BIO 665 Models for Environmental Data
  • BIO 668 Population Ecology
  • Biochemistry 301 Introduction to Biochemistry
  • BIO 201L* Gateway To Biology
  • BIO 206L Organismal diversity
  • BIO 207 Organismal Evolution
  • BIO 209-1 Ecology of Human Health
  • BIO 209 D2 Ecology for a Crowded Planet
  • BIO 212L General Microbiology
  • BIO 215 Intro to Math. Modeling in Bio
  • BIO 248 Evolution of Animal Form
  • BIO 250 Population Genetics
  • BIO 251L Molecular Evolution
  • BIO 267 D Evolution of Animal Behavior
  • BIO 270A Conservation Biology / Policy
  • BIO 273LA Marine Ecology
  • BIO 278LA Physiology of Marine Animals
  • BIO 288A Biogeography Australia
  • BIO 304* Biological Data Analysis
  • BIO 329L Principles of Animal Physiology
  • BIO 330L Comp & Fxn Anat of Vertebrates
  • BIO 345 Evol Trans in Fossil Record
  • BIO 350 Complex traits and Evol Gen
  • BIO 361LS Field Ecology
  • BIO 365 Infectious Disease
  • BIO 373LA Sen Phys/ Bhv Marine Animals
  • BIO 431S Intro to Embryology
  • BIO 546S Biology of Mammals
  • BIO 556(L) Systematic Biology
  • BIO 557L Microbial Ecology and Evolution
  • BIO 559S Foundations of Behavior Ecology
  • BIO 561D Tropical Ecology
  • BIO 565L Biodiversity Science and App
  • BIO 650 Molecular Population Genetics
  • BIO 652S The Life and Work of Darwin
  • BIO 665 Models for Environmental Data
  • BIO 668 Population Ecology
  • Biochemistry 301 Introduction to Biochemistry
Cell Biology
  • CELLBIO 503 Intro to Physiology
    • currently on hiatus
  • CELLBIO 503 Intro to Physiology
    • currently on hiatus
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 226S Field Methods Env/Earth Science (counts as field/lab)
  • EOS 509S Paleoclimate
  • EOS 510S Paleoenvironment Analysis
  • EOS 226S Field Methods Env/Earth Science (counts as field/lab)
  • 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 of Neuroscience
  • PSY 281 Neuro App to Social Behav
  • PSY 575 Brain and Language
  • 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 of Neuroscience
  • PSY 281 Neuro App to Social Behav
  • PSY 575 Brain and Language
  • PSY 670S Language, Brain and Behav
  • PSY 684S Hormones, Brain and Cog
Neuroscience

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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.