Anthropology and Human Biology (BS)

The Bachelor of Science in Anthropology is a concentration in biological anthropology. It is designed to cultivate one of the particular strengths of Emory's Anthropology department. While the degree requires training in general Anthropology, it has a clear emphasis in the area of human biology.

Emory's Anthropology department specializes in Biological Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology. This two field approach reflects the common intellectual interest of the department to promote the interaction between biology and culture. This major is designed, in part, to establish an alternative pre-medical curriculum. The Anthropology department believes that future physicians will benefit from exposure to (at least) three perspectives in anthropology:
  1. A biological perspective emphasizes the importance of our evolutionary heritage in shaping behavior, the developmental process, and social relations.
  2. A social scientific perspective provides a methodology for understanding the complex interactions between human behavior and biology.
  3. A humanistic perspective emphasizes the cultural coherence of human values, beliefs and symbols and their importance for particular social groups.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJORS DECLARED AS OF FALL 2013

The Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology requires a minimum of ten (10) Anthropology courses of at least 3 credit hours each (30+ semester hours), and six (5) Science & Math Foundation courses (23+ semester hours).

Major Code: ANTH
15 courses / 53 hours to complete

REQUIRED ANTHROPOLOGY COURSES:

Anthropology 201 Concepts and Methods in Biological Anthropology
and
Anthropology 202 Concepts and Methods in Cultural Anthropology

These foundations courses are designed to give majors a thorough grounding in all four fields of anthropology and can be taken in any order. It is STRONGLY recommended that they be taken in the sophomore year, if possible, so they may serve as building blocks for further coursework.

Plus the following Departmental courses (no individual course may be used to fulfill more than one requirement area):

Human Biology (one: ANT 210, 305, 311,312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 318, 321, 338, 431)

Social Science and Medicine (one: ANT 205, 230, 231, 317, 318, 331, 332, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, or Sociology 230)

Evolution and Behavior (one: ANT 200, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 316, 317, 323, 333, 334, 336, 383)

Cultural Anthropology (one: ANT 240, 250, 258, 280, 324, 325, 328, 340, 342, 351, 352, 353, 362, 363, 366, 372, 380, 391)

NOTE: Additional special topics courses may be approved each term to satisfy BS requirement areas.  Please check the BS Course Offerings spreadsheet for an up-to-date listing.

ANTHROPOLOGY ELECTIVES:

Four (4) elective anthropology courses. Any Anthropology course or course cross-listed with Anthropology may count as an elective, subject to the rules below under "Details".  Course offerings for each term may be found in the Course Atlas. (Please note that ANT 270S cannot count as an elective if it is counted for the statistics requirement for the major.)

DETAILS

-Only one 100-level class may be taken to fulfill the elective requirements
-A maximum combined total of 8 hours of ANT 397 (Directed Readings), ANT 495 (Honors), and ANT 497 (Directed Research) may be applied to the major.
-No courses taken using the S/U option may be applied to the major.
-A maximum of 12 credit hours earned off campus may be applied toward the major.
-A maximum of 2 courses may double-count for both the Anthropology and Human Biology BS and another major or minor.

Note: Petitions for course substitutions and exceptions will be considered by the Undergraduate Concerns Committee.

REQUIRED FOUNDATIONS OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT*

General Chemistry: Chemistry 150 and 150L, Chemistry 202 and 202L. (If you took CHEM 141 and/or CHEM 142, those still count also.)
General Biology: Biology 141 and 141L, Biology 142 and 142L.
Statistics: QTM 100, Anthropology 270S, Mathematics 107, or Mathematics 362.

* A.P./transfer credit for math, science, and statistics foundations is accepted if it has already been approved by the appropriate department and appears on the transcript. The advanced courses BIOL 151 and BIOL 152 may be substituted for BIOL 141 and BIOL 142.

CHECKLIST FOR B.S. DEGREE (PDF)

BS COURSE OFFERINGS BY TERM (EXCEL)

ADVISING

Majors may choose any available faculty member as an advisor and are required to consult with their advisors at least once a semester to make plans regarding their academic program.  If you wish to request an advisor change, please contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.

GOALS FOR STUDENT LEARNING FOR BS IN ANTHROPOLOGY AND HUMAN BIOLOGY (PDF)

At the time of graduation, students receiving the B.S. degree in Anthropology and Human Biology should be able to:

  1. Recognize the theoretical bases and methodological approaches that characterize the four major subfields of Anthropology (cultural, biological, linguistic, and archaeological)
  2. Explain and apply a critical understanding of evolutionary theory, human biological variation, including specifically hominid evolution, and non human primate behavior
  3. Understand the cultural diversity that characterizes human societies through engagement with ethnography and be able to apply a comparative framework (cross-culturally or cross-species) to understand human behavior.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of statistical methods and an ability to interpret numerical and graphical data
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical and social implications of research on both humans and animals.