Over the past half century, Biological Anthropology has undergone tremendous change from a discipline that was defined by a descriptive, typological approach to human morphology (the study of shape) to one that includes both experimental and comparative analyses in a population-based framework.

Biological anthropologists continue to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and interact with both the physical and natural sciences including biology, anatomy, genetics, chemistry, biometry, and endocrinology as well as the social sciences.

The expertise of existing faculty in Biological Anthropology at CSU includes:

Human skeletal biology
Forensic anthropology
Evolutionary theory
Neanderthal paleobiology and paleobiogeography
Dental anthropology
Early hominin feeding ecology
Taphonomy
Plio-Pleistocene Africa
Pleistocene Asia
Primate origins, biology, and locomotion

Two broad themes exist within biological anthropology. The first emphasizes evolutionary theory and morphological transformations, and the second is concerned with adaptations that are the product of the interaction between human biology and culture. Current faculty research addresses both of these themes.

Special resources include the Bone Lab, the Zooarchaeology Lab, the Human Osteology Lab, the 3-D Imaging and Analysis lab, and the Primate Origins lab. The biological anthropology program sponsors an annual paleontology field school each summer in Wyoming. Existing faculty also have geographic foci significant to their research. Research areas include Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Effective Fall 2019

Freshman
AUCCCredits
ANTH 100Introductory Cultural Anthropology (GT-SS3)3C3
ANTH 101Practicing Anthropology 1
ANTH 120Human Origins and Variation (GT-SC2)3A3
ANTH 121Human Origins and Variation Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
ANTH 140Introduction to Prehistory (GT-HI1)3D3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
Quantitative Reasoning1B3
Electives 13
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
ANTH 274Human Diversity 3
GR 100Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)3C3
Select one statistics course from the following: 3
Quantifying Anthropology  
Working With Data  
Quantitative Sociological Analysis  
Sociological Approaches to Quantitative Data  
Introduction to Statistical Methods  
Introduction to Biostatistics  
Statistics for Behavioral Sciences I  
Arts and Humanities3B6
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Diversity and Global Awareness3E3
Electives 9
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
ANTH 400/GR 400History of Theory-Anthropology and Geography4B3
Complete a minimum of 3 credits in archaeology from the following not taken in another category: 3
Archaeology of North America  
Geoarchaeology  
Archaeology of Rock Art  
Archaeologies of Graffiti  
Colorado Prehistory  
Archaeological Investigation  
Digital Digging--Geophysics in Archaeology  
Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory  
Archaeology of Mesoamerica  
Impacts on Ancient Environments  
Anthropological Perspectives on Food  
Great Plains Archaeology  
Archaeology and the Public  
Lithic Technology  
Archaeology and Cultural Resource Management  
Mediterranean Archaeology  
Field Class in Archaeology  
Anthropological Report Preparation  
Anthropology Curation and Exhibition Methods  
Zooarchaeology  
Heritage Resource Management  
Seminar: Archaeology  
Complete a minimum of 3 credits in cultural anthropology from the following not taken in another category: 3
Anthropology of the Arts  
Soundscapes-Music as Human Practice3C 
Peoples and Cultures of Africa  
Modern Indian Culture and Society  
Modernization and Development  
Southeast Asian Cultures and Societies  
Global Mobilities–The African Diaspora  
Anthropology of Human Rights  
The Anthropology of Religion  
Human Ecology4A 
Anthropology of Sex and Reproduction  
Narrative Traditions and Social Experience  
Language and Culture  
Art and Culture  
Gender and Anthropology  
Medical Anthropology  
Applied Medical Anthropology  
Psychological Anthropology Laboratory  
Public Anthropology and Global Challenges  
Indians of North America  
Indigenous Peoples Today  
Development in Indian Country  
Indigenous Ecologies and the Modern World  
Gender, Culture, and Health  
Indigenous Environmental Stewardship  
Cultural Psychiatry  
Theory in Cultural Anthropology  
Method in Cultural Anthropology  
Ethnographic Field School  
Ethnographic Field Methods  
Cultures of Virtual Worlds–Research Methods  
Psychological Anthropology  
International Development Theory and Practice  
Complete a minimum of 6 credits in biological anthropology electives from the following not taken in another category: 6
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology  
Human Ecology4A 
Quantifying Anthropology  
Primates  
Growing Up Primate  
Human Osteology  
Human Evolution4A 
Human Biological Variation4A 
Evolution of Primate Behavior  
Evolution of Human Adaptation4A 
Anthropology Perspectives-Evolution, Society  
Bipedal Apes  
Evolutionary Medicine and Human Health  
Zooarchaeology  
Paleontology Field School  
Human Biology4A 
The Neandertals4A 
Human Skeleton Analysis  
Methods of Analysis in Paleoanthropology  
Seminar: Biological Anthropology  
Complete a minimum of 3 credits in geography (GR subject code) not taken in another category 3
Advanced Writing23
Electives 9
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
Students must take ANTH 493 concurrently with one of the courses listed in the selection below it:  
ANTH 4931Capstone Seminar4C1
Select one AUCC 4A biological anthropology course from the following not taken in another semester or category:1 3
Human Ecology4A 
Human Evolution4A 
Human Biological Variation4A 
Evolution of Human Adaptation4A 
Human Biology4A 
The Neandertals4A 
Select 12 credits from one of the following options not taken in another category: 12
General Biological Anthropology Option  
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology  
Human Ecology4A 
Primates  
Growing Up Primate  
Human Osteology  
Human Evolution4A 
Human Biological Variation4A 
Evolution of Primate Behavior  
Evolution of Human Adaptation4A 
Anthropology Perspectives-Evolution, Society  
Bipedal Apes  
Evolutionary Medicine and Human Health  
Zooarchaeology  
Paleontology Field School  
Human Biology4A 
The Neandertals4A 
Human Skeleton Analysis  
Methods of Analysis in Paleoanthropology  
Seminar: Biological Anthropology  
Forensic Anthropology Option – complete all courses below  
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology  
Human Osteology  
Zooarchaeology  
Human Skeleton Analysis  
Electives2 14
 Total Credits 30
 Program Total Credits: 120
Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 100Introductory Cultural Anthropology (GT-SS3)X 3C3
ANTH 101Practicing AnthropologyX  1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
Quantitative Reasoning X1B3
Electives  X 5
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 120Human Origins and Variation (GT-SC2)X 3A3
ANTH 121Human Origins and Variation Laboratory (GT-SC1)X 3A1
ANTH 140Introduction to Prehistory (GT-HI1)X 3D3
Electives   8
AUCC 1B (Quantitative Reasoning) and CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 274Human DiversityX  3
GR 100Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)  3C3
Arts and Humanities  3B6
Biological and Physical SciencesX  3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one of the following statistics courses (see list on concentration requirements tab)   3
Diversity and Global AwarenessX 3E3
Electives   9
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Complete a minimum of 3 credits in archaeology not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Complete a minimum of 6 credits in biological anthropology not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   6
Advanced Writing  23
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 400/GR 400History of Theory-Anthropology and GeographyX 4B3
Complete a minimum of 3 credits in cultural anthropology not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Complete a minimum of 3 credits in geography (GR subject code) not taken in another category   3
Electives   6
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 493Capstone Seminar X4C1
AUCC 4A: Select one biological anthropology course not taken elsewhere from the AUCC 4A List on the Concentration Requirements Tab X4A3
Select 6 credits from one of the available options (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   6
Elective   5
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select 6 credits from one of the available options (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)X  6
ElectivesX  9
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   120