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Anthropology and Human BiologyMajor

Degree AwardedBS
Hours To Complete56
Courses Required16
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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.

A Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology requires a minimum of ten 3- or 4-credit Anthropology courses (at least 30 credit hours), and six Foundation courses (23 sem. hours). A maximum combined total of eight 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 the Emory campus may be applied toward the major. Only one 100-level class may be taken to fulfill the elective requirements. Note: Petitions for course substitutions and exceptions will be considered by the Undergraduate Concerns Committee.

All Majors must take both:

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. While it is not required to complete 201 and 202 prior to taking upper division courses, 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, 321)

Social Science and Medicine (one: ANT 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, 305, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 316, 317, 323, 333, 334, 336, 383)

Cultural Anthropology (one: ANT 240, 250, 260, 280, 322, 324, 325, 328, 340R, 341, 342, 343, 351, 352, 353, 355, 357, 361, 362, 363, 366, 367, 371, 372, 391)

And four elective anthropology courses. (Please note that ANT 270 cannot count as an elective if it is counted for the statistics requirement for the major.)

Course offerings for the additional courses required for the major can be found in the Course Atlas.

General Chemistry: Chemistry 150 + 150L, Chemistry 202 + 202L
General Biology: Biology 141 + 141L, Biology 142 + 142L
One statistics course (choose from one of the following): Anthropology 270S, Mathematics 107, Mathematics 362, or QTM 100.

* 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 following advanced courses may be substituted for the foundations outside the department listed above: Biology: BIO 151, BIO 152;