Evolutionary Anthropology Major

Effective Fall 2014

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Evolutionary Anthropology is a joint major, with courses from the Department of Anthropology; the Departments of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; and Psychology; and the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. It combines anthropological and biological perspectives in the study of humans and related species. It is particularly appropriate for students planning to continue in the health sciences and for students interested in "whole organism" biology and ecology. Thus, many Evolutionary Anthropology majors are training for medical school, while others are planning to pursue careers in natural resource management, conservation, animal behavior, and other fields. Because evolutionary biology forms its primary theoretical basis, the major does not require courses in other sub-disciplines of anthropology. Students who are interested in biological anthropology and seek broader training in anthropological archaeology, linguistic anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology may pursue a degree as an Anthropology major. Students should contact the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Anthropology for further information.

Prerequisites to the Major. 

  • ANTHRBIO 201
  • BIOLOGY 171, 172, 173; or BIOLOGY 195 and 173

Requirements for the Major. 

At least 32 credits at the 200-level and above, distributed as follows:

  1. Anthropology. A minimum of five courses, with at least one course from each of the four groups below. Two courses must be at the 400-level or above. Courses listed in more than one group below cannot be counted twice:*
      1. Paleoanthropology and morphology:
        ANTHRBIO 351, 360, 365, 366, 465, 466, 471, 474, 475, 476, 477, 479
      2. Ecology and behavior:
        ANTHRBIO 342, 361, 368, 373, 467, 468, 471, 472, 478
      3.  Human adaptation:
        ANTHRBIO 364, 366, 373, 462, 471, 472
      4. Evolution and genetics:
        ANTHRBIO 342, 360, 361, 363, 365, 450, 452, 461, 467, 471, 475, 476, 479

        Courses taken as ANTHRBIO 469 (Topics in Biological Anthropology) or graduate-level topics courses can be counted in the appropriate group.

  2. Biology. A minimum of three courses representing both of the groups below:
    1. Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology:
      • ANAT 403, 541
      • BIOLCHEM 415
      • BIOLOGY 205, 207, 222, 225, 305
      • CHEM 351
      • EEB 341, 490
      • MCDB 308, 310, 352, 404, 405, 408, 417, 418, 422, 427, 462
      • PHYSIOL 201, 502, 541
      • PSYCH 438, 532
    2. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior:
      • BIOLOGY 252, 256, 281, 288
      • CMPLXSYS 430
      • EARTH 418/419, 437, 438
      • EEB 315, 381, 390, 404, 412, 424, 430, 451, 470, 472, 476, 492
      • ENVIRON 281, 315, 415, 451, 476
      • NRE 415, 451, 476
      • PSYCH 335

  3. Remaining credits may be selected from other biological anthropology or biology courses within the major, or from relevant courses in other departments approved by the program advisors.

 

At least 20 credits must be completed in residence at the University of Michigan.

A maximum of 6 credits of independent research can be counted toward the major.

 

Honors Plan

The Honors Plan in Evolutionary Anthropology is individually arranged with the department advisor and requires a senior thesis. Recommendations for degrees with Honors are made by the department advisor after consultation with the Honors advisor in biological anthropology.


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