B.S. in Evolutionary Anthropology

B.S. in Evolutionary Anthropology (Bachelor of Science)

The B.S. degree in evolutionary anthropology is designed for students interested in archaeology, biological anthropology, paleoanthropology, geoarchaeology, or other related fields in human evolutionary studies (e.g., skeletal biology, forensic science, primatology).  This option prepares students with a multidisciplinary, science-oriented background for careers in the field of evolutionary anthropology.  This degree is also useful and desirable for careers in the medical sciences.

Courses in the Evolutionary Anthropology Major and Minor

The tables below list Evolutionary Anthropology courses that are offered in a regular rotation. Courses that also fill SAS Core Curriculum requirements have the requirements they fill listed in brackets. Independent study and honors thesis course are offered every semester.

FALL SEMESTER

070:102 Introduction to Human Evolution [NS, HST]
070:105 Introduction to Archaeology [HST]
070:212 The Life of Primates [NS]
070:218 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
070:313 Historical Archaeology ODD-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:330 Archaeology of Australia ODD-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:348 Primate Behavioral Ecology
070:111 Extinction [21C, NS, SCL] 070:112 World Prehistory [HST]
070:201 Evolution and Human Behavior
070:213 Environment and Human Evolution
070:215 Survey of Fossil Primates EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:240 Introduction to Molecular Anthropology 070:252 Fundamentals of Evolution Lab
070:298 NEW COURSE World Prehistory
070:313 Historical Archaeology ODD-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:316 Quant. Methods in Evol. Anthro. [QQ] ODD-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:326 Life in the Pleistocene
070:362 Evolution of Human Diet EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:377 Evolution and Religion
070:388 NEW COURSE Funerary Archaeology
070:390 Fossil Hominin Anatomy ODD-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:392 Faunal Analysis ODD-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
 
 

SPRING SEMESTER

070:102 Introduction to Human Evolution [NS, HST]
070:105 Introduction to Archaeology [HST]
070:212 The Life of Primates [NS]
070:330 Archaeology of Australia ODD-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:348 Primate Behavioral Ecology
070:201 Evolution and Human Behavior
070:207 Prehistoric Archaeology of Europe [WCr or WCd, ITR]
070:325 Evolution and Culture EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:327 Life in the Early Holocene
070:328 Evolution, Cooperation, and Conflict
070:333 Colonial Archaeology EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:339 Caribbean Archaeology ODD-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:350 Primatology Human Evolution
070:356 Human Variation
070:358 Human Osteology EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:359 Human Osteology Laboratory EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:391 Lithic Analysis ODD-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:394 Geologic Context in Paleoanthropology EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:402 Primate Conservation Biology ODD-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:409 Primate Dietary Ecology
070:422 Theories in Physical Anthropology ODD-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:426 South African Archaeology EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS ONLY
070:490 Preparation for Honors Thesis (1 credit only)
070:491 Capstone Colloquium in Evolutionary Medicine (1 credit only)

Requirements for a major in Evolutionary Anthropology

The degree code is 071.

Total number of required credits: 50 credits, of which at least 18 credits are at the 300 or 400 level. 

INTRODUCTORY COURSES R1:

one of the two options below - 4 or 4.5 credits

one course from

  • 01:070:102  Introduction to Human Evolution (4 credits) - fall 2019, spring 2020

OR two courses from

  • 01:070:152  Bones and Stones Laboratory (1.5 credits) - fall 2019, spring 2020
  • 01:070:294  Topics in Evolutionary Anthropology (3 credits)

INTRODUCTORY COURSES R2:

one course from each of the following 2 sets of courses - 7 credits

  • 01:070:201  Evolution and Human Behavior - fall 2019, spring 2020,
  • OR 01:070:204  Intro to Social Evolution,
  • OR 01:070:212  The Life of Primates - fall 2019, spring 2020

AND

  • 01:070:105  Introduction to Archaeology - fall 2019; in spring 2020 one section only, limited openings

STATISTICS COURSE: one course required – 3 credits

  • 01:070:316  Quantitative Methods in Evolutionary Anthropology - spring 2020
  • 01:070:395  Quantification of Archaeological Data
  • 01:960:211  Statistics I (NB) - fall 2019, has prereqs.
  • 01:960:212  Statistics II (NB) - fall 2019, has prereqs.
  • 01:960:285  Introductory Statistics for Business (NB) - fall 2019, has prereqs.
  • 01:960:379  Basic Probability and Statistics (NB) - fall 2019, has prereqs.
  • 01:960:401  Basic Statistics for Research (NB) - fall 2019, has prereqs.

200 – 400 LEVEL COURSES:

One course in each of the six sub-disciplines of Evolutionary Anthropology, of which four are at the 300- or 400-level – 18 credits:

I. PRIMATOLOGY: one course required – 3 credits

  • 01:070:212  The Life of Primates - fall 2019, spring 2020
  • 01:070:336  Primatology, Wildlife Ecology, and Conservation in Kenya
  • 01:070:337  Field Methods and Analysis in Primatology in Kenya
  • 01:070:347  Study Abroad – Advanced Primate Behavior and Ecology
  • 01:070:348  Primate Behavioral Ecology
  • 01:070:349  Advanced Physical Anthropology
  • 01:070:350  Primatology and Human Evolution
  • 01:070:354  Functional and Developmental Anatomy of the Primate Skeleton
  • 01:070:402  Primate Conservation Biology
  • 01:070:409  Primate Nutritional Ecology - spring 2020

II. HUMAN BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY (formerly SOCIAL EVOLUTION):

One course required – 3 credits

  • 01:070:201  Evolution and Human Behavior - fall 2019, spring 2020
  • 01:070:310  Human Aggression
  • 01:070:325  Evolution and Culture - fall 2019
  • 01:070:328  Evolution, Cooperation, and Conflict - spring 2020
  • 01:070:356  Human Variation - spring 2020
  • 01:070:361  Hunters and Gatherers
  • 01:070:377  Evolution and Religion

III. SKELETAL BIOLOGY/HOMINID PALEONTOLOGY: one course required – 3 credits

  • 01:070:215  Survey of Fossil Primates
  • 01:070:354  Functional and Developmental Anatomy of the Primate Skeleton
  • 01:070:355  Laboratory in Skeletal Biology of Primates
  • 01:070:358  Human Osteology - spring 2020
  • 01:070:359  Human Osteology Laboratory - spring 2020
  • 01:070:362  Evolution of Human Diet
  • 01:070:390  Fossil Hominin Anatomy
  • 01:070:398  Field Study in Paleoanthropology

IV. ARCHAEOLOGY (formerly PREHISTORIC ARCHAEOLOGY): one course required – 3 credits

  • 01:070:206  Survey of New World Prehistory
  • 01:070:207  Prehistoric Archaeology of Europe - spring 2020
  • 01:070:314  Prehistoric Funerary Archaeology
  • 01:070:326  Life in the Pleistocene
  • 01:070:327  Life in the Early Holocene
  • 01:070:330  Archaeology of Australia - spring 2020
  • 01:070:332  North American Archaeology - spring 2020
  • 01:070:333  Colonial Archaeology
  • 01:070:334  Field Study in Archaeology
  • 01:070:335  Analysis of Archaeological Data
  • 01:070:339  Caribbean Archaeology
  • 01:070:391  Lithic Analysis in Archaeology
  • 01:070:392  Faunal Analysis in Archaeology
  • 01:070:393  Cultural Resource Management
  • 01:070:404  Advanced Seminar in Archaeology
  • 01:070:415  Prehistoric Archaeology of New Jersey
  • 01:070:426  South African Archaeology

V. GEOARCHAEOLOGY/PALEOECOLOGY:

one course required – 3 credits

  • 01:070:213  Environment and Human Evolution - fall 2019
  • 01:070:351  Fieldwork in Paleoecology
  • 01:070:352  Practicum in Geoarchaeology
  • 01:070:394  Geological Context in Paleoanthropology - spring 2020
  • 01:460:330  Sedimentary Geology
  • 01:460:396  Geochronology in Geosciences and Anthropology

VI. ANTHROPOLOGICAL GENETICS:

one course required – 3 credits

  • 01:070:240  Introduction to Molecular Evolutionary Anthropology - fall 2020
  • 01:070:329  Human Evolutionary Genetics
  • 01:070:420  Evolutionary Genetics: Humans and Other Primates

ELECTIVE COURSES AND BIOLOGY OR GEOLOGY REQUIREMENTS:

the required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses - 19 or 20 credits :

Set 1:

  • 2 general biology courses from {01:119:101, 01:119:102, 01:119:115, or 01:119:116} (4 credits each) 
  • and 4 Evolutionary Anthropology Elective Courses

OR

Set 2:

  • 1 course from 01:460:101 Introductory Geology (4 credits)
  • and 5 Evolutionary Anthropology Elective Courses

Evolutionary Anthropology Elective Courses

  • 01:070:111  Extinction - fall 2019
  • 01:070:112  World Prehistory - spring 2020
  • 01:070:152  Bones and Stones Laboratory
  • 01:070:201  Evolution and Human Behavior - fall 2019, spring 2020
  • 01:070:206  Survey of New World Prehistory
  • 01:070:207  Prehistoric Archaeology of Europe
  • 01:070:212  The Life of Primates - fall 2019, spring 2020
  • 01:070:213  Environment and Human Evolution - fall 2019
  • 01:070:215  Survey of Fossil Primates
  • 01:070:218  Introduction to Forensic Anthropology - fall 2019
  • 01:070:230  Anthropology of Native North Americans
  • 01:070:240  Introduction to Molecular Evolutionary Anthropology - fall 2019
  • 01:070:252  Fundamentals of Evolution Lab (1 credit) - spring 2020
  • 01:070:294  Topics in Evolutionary Anthropology
  • 01:070:296  Current Issues in Evolutionary Anthropology
  • 01:070:297  Current Issues in Evolutionary Anthropology
  • 01:070:298  Current Issues in Evolutionary Anthropology
  • 01:070:310  Human Aggression
  • 01:070:313  Historical Archaeology- fall 2019
  • 01:070:314  Prehistoric Funerary Archaeology
  • 01:070:316  Quantitative Methods in Evolutionary Anthropology - spring 2020
  • 01:070:325  Evolution and Culture - fall 2019
  • 01:070:326  Life in the Pleistocene
  • 01:070:327  Life in the Early Holocene
  • 01:070:328  Evolution, Cooperation, and Conflict - spring 2020
  • 01:070:329  Human Evolutionary Genetics
  • 01:070:330  Archaeology of Australia - spring 2020
  • 01:070:332  North American Archaeology - spring 2020
  • 01:070:333  Colonial Archaeology
  • 01:070:334  Field Study in Archaeology
  • 01:070:335  Analysis of Archaeological Data
  • 01:070:336  Primatology, Wildlife Ecology, and Conservation in Kenya
  • 01:070:337  Field Methods and Analysis in Primatology in Kenya
  • 01:070:339  Caribbean Archaeology
  • 01:070:345  Study Abroad - Applied Conservation and Ecosystem Management
  • 01:070:346  Honors Study Abroad - Applied Conservation and Ecosystem Management
  • 01:070:347  Study Abroad - Advanced Primate Behavior and Ecology
  • 01:070:348  Primate Behavioral Ecology
  • 01:070:349  Advanced Physical Anthropology
  • 01:070:350  Primatology and Human Evolution
  • 01:070:351  Fieldwork in Paleoecology
  • 01:070:352  Practicum in Geoarchaeology
  • 01:070:354  Functional and Developmental Anatomy of the Primate Skeleton
  • 01:070:355  Laboratory in Skeletal Biology of Primates
  • 01:070:356  Human Variation - spring 2020
  • 01:070:358  Human Osteology - spring 2020
  • 01:070:359  Human Osteology Laboratory - spring 2020
  • 01:070:361  Hunters and Gatherers
  • 01:070:362  Evolution of Human Diet
  • 01:070:377  Evolution and Religion
  • 01:070:386  Internship in Anthropology - fall 2019
  • 01:070:387  Advanced Issues in Evolutionary Anthropology - spring 2020
  • 01:070:388  Advanced Issues in Evolutionary Anthropology
  • 01:070:390  Fossil Hominin Anatomy
  • 01:070:391  Lithic Analysis in Archaeology
  • 01:070:392  Faunal Analysis in Archaeology
  • 01:070:393  Cultural Resource Management
  • 01:070:394  Geological Context in Paleoanthropology - spring 2020
  • 01:070:395  Quantification of Archaeological Data
  • 01:070:397  Practicum in Vertebrate Paleontology
  • 01:070:398  Field Study in Paleoanthropology
  • 01:070:402  Primate Conservation Biology
  • 01:070:404  Advanced Seminar in Archaeology
  • 01:070:409  Primate Nutritional Ecology - spring 2020
  • 01:070:415  Prehistoric Archaeology of New Jersey
  • 01:070:420  Evolutionary Genetics: Humans and Other Primates
  • 01:070:422  Theories in Physical Anthropology
  • 01:070:426  South African Archaeology
  • 01:070:491  Capstone Colloquium in Evolutionary Medicine (1 credit) - spring 2020
  • 01:070:497  Honors in Anthropology (1st semester)
  • 01:070:498  Honors in Anthropology (2nd semester)
  • 01:119:117  Biological Research Laboratory

UPPER LEVEL COURSE REQUIREMENTS: A total of 6 Anthropology courses completed must be upper level (300- or 400- level)

Honors in Anthropology credit, and one approved independent study course, may be used toward elective credit. No course may fulfill more than one requirement.  Credit may be given for courses in other departments if approved. 

All courses applied to this major must be completed with a grade of C or better.