General Information

The undergraduate concentration in physical anthropology deals with the biological nature of humans past and present, looking beyond purely biological phenomena to understand the interactions between biology, behavior, and environment.

The subdiscipline of paleoanthropology documents the biological history of humans and analyzes those relationships for past humans in conjunction with archaeology. The subdiscipline of human biology studies physiology, genetics, nutrition, and epidemiology in modern human populations throughout the world in order to understand the relationships between biology, behavior, and environment.

This concentration provides students with the background and skills for further graduate study in anthropology and for professional study in the medical sciences. It also provides students with many other transferable skills, including a biocultural perspective on human biology and culture and the ability to analyze data, interpret findings, and communicate them effectively. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to conduct independent projects at other institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.


PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY MAJOR REQUIREMENTS [Minimum requirement of 10 courses | 30 credits]
Required core courses 9
ANTH 102 Being Human: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 103 Introduction to Human Evolution 3
ANTH 319 Introduction to Statistical Analysis in Social Sciences/or equivalent 3
At least one course dealing with a geographic area, such as 3
ANTH 314 Cultures of the United States 3
ANTH 331 The Most Ancient Near East 3
ANTH 333 Roots of Ancient India: Archaeology of South Asia 3
ANTH 349 Cultures of Latin America 3
ANTH 353 Chinese Culture and Society 3
At least three courses dealing with physical anthropology, such as 9
ANTH 302 Darwinian Medicine 3
ANTH 323 AIDS: Epidemiology, Biology, and Culture 3
ANTH 367 Topics in Evolutionary Biology 3
ANTH 370 Field Seminar in Paleoanthropology 3
ANTH/ANAT 375 Human Evolution: The Fossil Evidence 3
ANTH/ANAT 377 Human Osteology 3
ANTH 378 Reproductive Health: An Evolutionary Perspective 3
ANTH 396 Undergraduate Research in Evolutionary Biology 3
Approved anthropology electives (Minimum three courses) 9
Total Credits 30

PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY MINOR REQUIREMENTS [Minimum requirement of 5 courses | 15 credits]

Required core courses 6
ANTH 102 Being Human: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 103 Introduction to Human Evolution 3
At least one geographic area course AND two approved physical anthropology electives 9
Total Credits 15

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