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Anthropology B.S. Degree

The B.S. degree resembles the B.A. degree in its course requirements within the Department of Anthropology, but adds courses offered by other departments in the physical sciences, life sciences, mathematics, and statistics. Blending the rich understanding of the human experience provided by a broad education in anthropology with a solid grounding in basic science, this degree is ideal for students planning to pursue careers in medicine, scientific anthropology, forensic science, and similar fields.

All courses for the major must be taken for a letter grade, and students must maintain an overall 2.0 grade-point average.


Preparation for the Major


  • Anthropology 1, 2, 3, and 4

  • Life Science 1, 2, 3, 4, 23L OR 7A, 7B, 7C, 23L

  • Chemistry 14A, 14B, 14BL, 14C OR 20A, 20B, 20L, 30A, 30AL

  • Math 3A, 3B, 3C, Stats 12 OR 31A, 31B, Stats 12 OR Life Science 30A, Life Science 30B, Stats 13

  • Physics 5A, 5B, 5C


The Major- 9 upper division courses (36 units)


  • One (1) Course from each of the following Anthro subfields and topical areas:
            Archaeology (110’s)
            Biological (120’s)
            Linguistic (150’s)
            Regional (any 160’s or see list on major checklist)
            History or Theory (see list on major checklist)
  • Two (2) courses in Sociocultural (130s/140s)
  • Two (2) elective courses (any Anthro UD course)
Major checklists are available in the Anthropology office or available here (PDF)