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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.

Note: The requirements below are effective starting Fall 2010.  Students who declared the Anthro. B.S. major prior to Fall 2010 should consult with the Anthropology counselor regarding their specific requirements. 

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 7, 8, 9, and 33
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry 14A, 14B, 14BL, 14C, and 14CL OR 20A, 20B, 20L, 30A, and 30AL
  • Life Sciences 1, 2, 3, 4, and 23L OR 7A, 7B, 7C, and 23L
  • Mathematics 3A, 3B, 3C, Stats 12 OR 31A, 31B, Stats 12, OR Life Science 30A, 30B, Stats 13
  • Physics 6A, 6B, and 6C


The Major- 9 upper division courses (36 units)


  • One (1) course from each of the following Anthro subfields:

           Archaeology (any 110’s)

           Biological (any 120’s, or 185A, or 186P)

           Linguistic (any 140’s)

           Regional Cultures & Societies (any 170’s or see list on major checklist)

           History or Theory (any 180’s or see list on major checklist)

  • Two (2) courses in Sociocultural Anthro (130’s &/or 150’s)
  • Two (2) elective courses (any Anthro UD course)


Major checklists are available in the Anthropology office or available here (PDF)