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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, and 23L OR 7A, 7B, 7C, and 23L

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

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

  • Physics 5A, 5B, and 5C


The Major- 9 upper division courses (36 units)


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