Biological Anthropology

Basic Requirements: 10 half-courses

  1. Required courses:

    1. One half-course in genetics (Life Sciences 1b, freshman year).

    2. One half-course in human evolution and morphology (e.g., Science B-27, Life Sciences 2).

    3. One half-course in human/primate behavioral ecology (e.g., Science B-29, Human Evolutionary Biology 1310).

    4. One half-course in social anthropology.

    5. One half-course in archaeology.

    6. One half-course in evolutionary/organismic biology.

    7. Two additional half-courses in related fields.

  2. Tutorials (all letter-graded):

    1. Sophomore year: Sophomore tutorial (spring term). This seminar integrates the field with modules on each of the major sub-fields within the discipline; it also provides a joint experience for all concentrators in an intimate seminar environment.

    2. Junior year: Junior research seminar. A small, intensive research course, normally to be taken in the junior year, which includes some independent research component and is taught by a member of the faculty.

  3. Thesis: None.

  4. General Examination: None.

  5. Other information:

    1. Pass/Fail: Two half-courses may be taken Pass/Fail and counted toward concentra-tion. These ordinarily include courses in related fields. All anthropology tutorials are letter-graded.

    2. Languages: No requirement, but proficiency in a foreign language is recommended for students planning to pursue a PhD in anthropology.

Biological Anthropology Requirements for Honors Eligibility: 13 half-courses

THESIS TRACK

  1. Required courses: Same as Basic Requirements.

  2. Tutorials (all letter-graded):

    1. Sophomore year: Same as Basic Requirements.

    2. Junior year: Thesis honors candidates must take a thesis research-related course, either a junior research seminar or a supervised reading and research course (91r).

    3. Senior year: Anthropology 99 (full course, letter-graded), culminating in the submission of a senior thesis, followed by an oral examination on the thesis.

  3. Thesis: Required.

  4. General Examination: The department will administer to each student a one-hour examination covering the substance of the thesis as well as general knowledge of the field.

  5. Other information: Same as Basic Requirements.

NONTHESIS TRACK

  1. Required courses:

        a-g. Same as Basic Requirements.

        h. Three additional half-courses in human evolutionary biology approved by the concentration adviser. These courses are ordinarily advanced lecture or supervised reading courses on a focused topic. They may not include HEB 99 (senior tutorial).

  2. Tutorials (all letter-graded):

    1. Sophomore year: Sophomore tutorial. Same as Basic Requirements.

    2. Junior year: Junior tutorial. Same as Basic Requirements.

    3. Senior year: None.

  3. Thesis: None.

  4. Submission of written work and general examination: Prior to reading period in the eighth term, each student will submit to the department a substantive piece of writing in the field, ordinarily a term paper or report on original research, as well as an essay assigned by the department that integrates the advanced courses selected for the focused honors topic. The department will then administer to the student a general examination covering the substance of the honors essay as well as general knowledge of the field.

  5. Other information: Same as Basic Requirements.