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 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, or endocrinology as well as the social sciences.

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

  • Human skeletal biology
  • Evolutionary theory
  • Neanderthal paleobiology and paleobiogeography
  • Dental anthropology
  • Public Health
  • Early hominid feeding ecology
  • Taphonomy
  • Plio-Pleistocene Africa
  • Pleistocene Asia

Special resources include the Paleoanthropology and Zooarchaeology lab, the Human Origins Lab and the Bioanthropology Lab. Existing faculty also have geographic foci significant to their research. Research areas include Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tanzania, and Mexico.

Effective Spring 2015

Freshman
AUCCCredits
Select one from the following: 3
Introductory Cultural Anthropology (GT-SS3)3C 
Cultures and the Global System (GT-SS3)3E 
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
Additional Humanities3 3
Mathematics1B3
Electives 11
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
Select one course from the following: 3
Quantifying Anthropology  
Introduction to Statistical Methods  
Introduction to Biostatistics  
Statistics for Behavioral Sciences I  
Select one science course group of 9-11 credits from the following: 9-11
Anatomy:
  
Human Gross Anatomy  
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
Evolution:
  
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
Introduction to Evolution  
Principles of Systematic Zoology  
Genetics (A):
  
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
Introduction to Evolution  
Molecular and General Genetics  
Genetics (B):
  
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A 
Biology of Organisms-Animals and Plants  
Introductory Genetics: Applied/Population/Conservation/Ecological (GT-SC2)
Introductory Genetics: Molecular/Immunological/Developmental (GT-SC2)
3A 
Health and Epidemiology:
  
Humans and Other Animals (GT-SC2), Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2), Principles of Epidemiology,
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)
3A 
Environmental Health  
Human Disease and the Environment  
GR 100Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)3C3
Additional Social Sciences4 6
Arts and Humanities3B6
Select one of the following: 3
3E 
3C 
 Total Credits 30-32
Junior
 
ANTH 400History of Anthropological Thought4B3
Select one biological anthropology Concepts and Practice course from the following not taken in another semester or category: 3
Primates  
Human Osteology  
Human Evolution  
Human Biological Variation  
Evolution of Primate Behavior  
Evolution of Human Adaptation  
Paleontology Field School  
Human Biology  
The Neandertals  
Methods of Analysis in Paleoanthropology  
Select one archaeology course from the following not taken in another category: 3-8
Archaeology of North America  
Archaeology of Europe and Africa  
Geoarchaeology  
Colorado Prehistory  
Archaeological Investigation  
Hunter-Gatherer Ecology  
Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory  
Archaeology of Mesoamerica  
Impacts on Ancient Environments  
Great Plains Archaeology  
Archaeology and the Public  
Lithic Technology  
Field Class in Archaeology  
Anthropological Report Preparation  
Zooarchaeology  
Heritage Resource Management  
Seminar: Archaeology  
Select one biological anthropology Concepts and Practice course from the following not taken in another semester or category: 3
Primates  
Human Osteology  
Human Evolution  
Human Biological Variation  
Evolution of Primate Behavior  
Evolution of Human Adaptation  
Paleontology Field School  
Human Biology  
The Neandertals  
Methods of Analysis in Paleoanthropology  
Select one biological anthropology Methods course from the following not taken in another category: 3-4
Human Osteology  
Method in Cultural Anthropology  
Lithic Technology  
Zooarchaeology  
Paleontology Field School  
Methods of Analysis in Paleoanthropology  
Spatial Analysis with GIS  
Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation  
Select one cultural anthropology course from the following not taken in another category: 3-8
Peoples and Cultures of Africa  
Modern Indian Culture and Society  
Modernization and Development  
Southeast Asian Cultures and Societies  
Latin American Peasantries  
The Anthropology of Religion4A 
Cultural Change  
Narrative Traditions and Social Experience  
Language and Culture  
Art and Culture  
Gender and Anthropology  
Medical Anthropology  
Applied Medical Anthropology  
Indians of North America  
Indigenous Peoples Today  
Development in Indian Country  
Indigenous Ecologies and the Modern World  
Comparative Legal Systems  
Cultural Psychiatry4A 
Theory in Cultural Anthropology  
Method in Cultural Anthropology  
Ethnographic Field School  
Ethnographic Field Methods4A 
Cultures of Virtual Worlds--Research Methods  
Psychological Anthropology  
New Orleans and the Caribbean  
Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation  
International Development Theory and Practice  
Advanced Writing23
Electives 0-9
 Total Credits 30-31
Senior
 
Students must take ANTH 493 concurrently with one of the courses listed in the selection below it:  
ANTH 4937Capstone Seminar4C1
Select one AUCC 4A biological anthropology course from the following not taken in another semester or category:5 3
Human Ecology4A 
Human Evolution4A 
Human Biological Variation4A 
Evolution of Human Adaptation4A 
Human Biology4A 
Select two biological anthropology Concepts and Practice courses from the following not taken in another semester or category: 6
Primates  
Human Osteology  
Human Evolution  
Human Biological Variation  
Evolution of Primate Behavior  
Evolution of Human Adaptation  
Paleontology Field School  
Human Biology  
The Neandertals  
Methods of Analysis in Paleoanthropology  
Additional Humanities3 3
Additional Social Sciences4 3
Electives6 11-14
 Total Credits 27-30
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

ANTH 100 fulfills All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) category 3C. Taking ANTH 100 in the freshman year will eliminate the requirement for 3 credits of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the sophomore year. If ANTH 200 is chosen in the freshman year instead, then 3 credits of Social and Behavioral Sciences will be required in the sophomore year, selected from the list of courses in category 3C of the AUCC.

2

ANTH 200 fulfills AUCC category 3E. Taking ANTH 200 in the freshman year will eliminate the requirement for 3 credits of Global and Cultural Awareness in the sophomore year. If ANTH 100 is chosen in the freshman year instead, then 3 credits of Global and Cultural Awareness will be required in the sophomore year, selected from the list of courses in category 3E of the AUCC.

3

Additional Humanities courses taken in the freshman and senior years for a total of six credits must include two subject codes, selected from among the following: ART, D, CO, E, ETST 430, L***, LB 192 (Arts and Humanities sections only), MU, PHIL, SPCM, TH.

4

Select a total of 9 credits over the sophomore, junior and senior years as shown, and including at least two subject codes, from the following: ECON, HIST, JTC, POLS, PSY, SOC, LB 192 (social science sections only), ETST (except ETST 430).

5

Capstone topic must focus on geography. ANTH 493 must be taken concurrently with one of the AUCC 4A anthropology courses listed with ANTH 493 in the senior year. Using Competencies (AUCC 4A) must be taken concurrently with ANTH 493. Courses approved for AUCC category 4A taken in the sophomore, junior, or senior year and not concurrently with ANTH 493 and not included in the approved list in the program will not count toward completion of the 4A requirement for this major. Students taking Senior Honors Thesis (HONR 499, 3 credits) are also required to register for ANTH 493 (1 credit).

6

Select enough elective credits to bring program total to a minimum of 120 credits, to which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Introductory Cultural Anthropology (GT-SS3)X 3C 
Cultures and the Global System (GT-SS3)X 3E 
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
Mathematics X1B3
Additional Humanities (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab) X 3
Elective X 3
 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 (MATH), Additional Humanities, CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3
Quantifying Anthropology    
Introduction to Statistical Methods    
Introduction to Biostatistics    
Statistics for Behavioral Sciences I    
GR 100Introduction to Geography (GT-SS2)  3C3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Additional Social Sciences (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Select one Science Course Group (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-4
 Total Credits   15-16
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Select one course from the following:   3
X 3E 
X 3C 
Additional Social Science (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Select one Science Course Group (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   6-7
 Total Credits   15-16
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Advanced Writing  23
Select one Archaeology course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-8
Select one Biological Anthropology Concepts and Practice course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Select one Biological Anthropology Methods course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-4
Elective   0-3
 Total Credits   15-17
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 400History of Anthropological ThoughtX 4B3
Select one Biological Anthropology Concepts and Practice course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Select one Cultural Anthropology course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3-8
Electives   0-6
 Total Credits   14-15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ANTH 493Capstone Seminar X4C1
AUCC 4A: Select one course not taken elsewhere from the AUCC 4A List on the Concentration Requirements Tab X4A3
Additional Humanities (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab) X 3
Additional Social Sciences (See allowable subject codes on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Select one Biological Anthropology Concepts and Practice course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab)   3
Elective   0-3
 Total Credits   13-16
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one Biological Anthropology Concepts and Practice course not taken in another category (See List on Concentration Requirements Tab):X  3
ElectivesX  11
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   14
 Program Total Credits:   120