Major: Evolutionary Anthropology


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The department offers undergraduate majors for a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Evolutionary Anthropology: minors are offered in Medical Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and Anthropology (with tracks in Sociocultural Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Archaeological Anthropology).

All anthropology faculty members are available for informal discussion with students during scheduled office hours (check the Department office for times).

Department advisors are available to explain program objectives and requirements and to help with the planning of your  program.

Students wishing to pursue a minor in the Department of Anthropology should contact the undergraduate advisor with any questions.

Appointments are scheduled in the Department office or online at: www.lsa.umich.edu/anthro/undergraduates/advising

 

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.

Evolutionary Anthropology Major (Fall 2012-Summer 2014) +

Effective Fall 2012-Summer 2014 

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Evolutionary Anthropology is a joint major, with courses from the Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and Psychology Departments 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 concentrator. Students should contact the Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Anthropology for further information.

Prerequisites to the Major

ANTHRBIO 161; and BIOLOGY 171, 172, 173, or BIOLOGY 195 and 173.

Requirements for the Major

Requires 32 credits distributed as follows:

  1. Anthropology. A minimum of four of the courses below, at least two of which must be at the 400-level or above and must represent two of the three groups:*

    1. Evolution, paleontology, morphology:
      ANTHRBIO 351, 360, 365, 366, 465, 474, 475, 477, 479.
    2. Primatology, ecology, behavior:
      ANTHRBIO 361, 368, 467, 560, 472, 478
    3. Genetics, growth, adaptation, race:
      ANTHRBIO 362, 363, 364, 450/451, 461, 462, 464, 473.
    *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 groups below:
    1. Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology:
      • ANAT 541
      • BIOLCHEM 415
      • BIOLOGY 207, 225/226, 305
      • EEB 341, 490
      • MCDB 307/308, 310 or 311
      • PHYSIOL 201, 502, 541
      • PSYCH 438, 532
    2. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior:
      • BIOLOGY 252, 281
      • EEB 315, 381, 390, 424, 451, 472, 476, 492, 496
      • ENVIRON 281, 315, 415, 425, 451, 476
      • EARTH 418, 419, 437, 438, 439
      • NRE 415, 425, 451, 476
      • PSYCH 335, 530 (section titled Behavior of Dogs and Wolves)
  3. Any remaining credits required to complete the major may be selected, subject to approval by the program advisor, from other anthropology or biology courses or from courses in other departments relevant to the major. Courses taken as ANTHRBIO 297 may be used toward any remaining credits.

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.

 

Evolutionary Anthropology major (Winter 2012-Summer 2012) +

Effective Winter 2012-Summer 2012

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Evolutionary Anthropology is a joint major, with courses from the Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and Psychology Departments 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 concentrator. Students should contact the Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Anthropology for further information.

Prerequisites to the Major

ANTHRBIO 161; and BIOLOGY 171, 172, 173.

Requirements for the Major

Requires 32 credits distributed as follows:

  1. Anthropology. A minimum of four of the courses below, at least two of which must be at the 400-level or above and must represent two of the three groups:*

    1. Evolution, paleontology, morphology:
      ANTHRBIO 351, 360, 365, 366, 465, 474, 475, 477, 479.
    2. Primatology, ecology, behavior:
      ANTHRBIO 361, 368, 467, 560, 472, 478
    3. Genetics, growth, adaptation, race:
      ANTHRBIO 362, 364, 450/451, 461, 462, 464, 473.
    *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 groups below:
    1. Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology:
      • ANAT 541
      • BIOLCHEM 415
      • BIOLOGY 207, 225/226, 305
      • EEB 341, 490
      • MCDB 307/308, 310 or 311
      • PHYSIOL 201, 502, 541
      • PSYCH 438, 532
    2. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior:
      • BIOLOGY 252, 281
      • EEB 315, 381, 390, 424, 451, 472, 476, 492, 496
      • ENVIRON 281, 315, 415, 425, 451, 476
      • EARTH 418, 419, 437, 438, 439
      • NRE 415, 425, 451, 476
      • PSYCH 335, 530 (section titled Behavior of Dogs and Wolves)
  3. Any remaining credits required to complete the major may be selected, subject to approval by the program advisor, from other anthropology or biology courses or from courses in other departments relevant to the major.

 

Evolutionary Anthropology major (Fall 2010-Fall 2011) +

Effective Fall 2010-Fall 2011  

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Evolutionary Anthropology is a joint major, with courses from the Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and Psychology Departments 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 concentrator. Students should contact the Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Anthropology for further information.

Prerequisites to the Major. BIOLOGY 171, 172, 173 and ANTHRBIO 161.

Requirements for the Major. Requires 32 credits distributed as follows:

  1. Anthropology. A minimum of four of the courses below, at least two of which must be at the 400-level or above and must represent two of the three groups:*

    1. Evolution, paleontology, morphology:
      ANTHRBIO 265, 351, 360, 365, 465, 474, 475, 477, 479.
    2. Primatology, ecology, behavior:
      ANTHRBIO 361, 368, 467, 560, 472, 478
    3. Genetics, growth, adaptation, race:
      ANTHRBIO 362, 364, 450/451, 461, 462, 464, 473.
    *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 groups below:
    1. Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology:
      • ANAT 541
      • BIOLCHEM 415
      • BIOLOGY 207, 225/226, 305, 541
      • EEB 341, 490
      • MCDB 307/308, 310 or 311
      • PHYSIOL 201, 502, 541
      • PSYCH 438, 532

       

    2. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior:
      • BIOLOGY 252, 281
      • EEB 315, 381, 390, 424, 451, 472, 476, 492, 496
      • ENVIRON 281, 315, 415, 425, 451, 476
      • GEOSCI 418, 419, 437, 438, 439
      • NRE 415, 425, 451, 476
      • PSYCH 335, 530 (section titled Behavior of Dogs and Wolves)
  3. Any remaining credits required to complete the major may be selected, subject to approval by the program advisor, from other anthropology or biology courses or from courses in other departments relevant to the major.

Evolutionary Anthropology major (Fall 2009-Summer 2010) +

 

Effective Fall 2009 to Summer 2010 

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

Evolutionary Anthropology is a joint major, with courses from the Anthropology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Geological Sciences, Molecular and Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and Psychology Departments 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 concentrator. Students should contact the Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Anthropology for further information.

Prerequisites to the Major. BIOLOGY 171, 172, 173 and ANTHRBIO 161.

Requirements for the Major. Requires 32 credits distributed as follows:

  1. Anthropology. A minimum of four of the courses below, at least two of which must be at the 400-level or above and must represent two of the three groups:*

    1. Evolution, paleontology, morphology:
      ANTHRBIO 265, 351, 360, 365, 465, 564, 565, 566.
    2. Primatology, ecology, behavior:
      ANTHRBIO 361, 368, 467, 560, 562, 568.
    3. Genetics, growth, adaptation, race:
      ANTHRBIO 362, 364, 450/451, 461, 462, 464, 563.
    *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 groups below:
    1. Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology:
      • ANAT 541
      • BIOLCHEM 415
      • BIOLOGY 207, 225/226, 305, 541
      • EEB 341, 490
      • MCDB 307/308, 310 or 311
      • PHYSIOL 201, 502, 541
      • PSYCH 438, 532

       

    2. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior:
      • BIOLOGY 252, 281
      • EEB 315, 381, 390, 424, 451, 472, 476, 492, 496
      • ENVIRON 281, 315, 415, 425, 451, 476
      • GEOSCI 418, 419, 437, 438, 439
      • NRE 415, 425, 451, 476
      • PSYCH 335, 530 (section titled Behavior of Dogs and Wolves)
  3. Any remaining credits required to complete the major may be selected, subject to approval by the program advisor, from other anthropology or biology courses or from courses in other departments relevant to the major.

 

Evolutionary Anthropology major (effective Fall 2008-Summer 2009) +

 

Effective Fall 2008-Summer 2009 | Previous Requirements for Anthropology-Zoology

 

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

 

Evolutionary Anthropology is a joint major, requiring courses from the Biology and Anthropology departments. It combines anthropological and zoological 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 pre-med, while others are planning to pursue careers in Natural Resource Management, Conservation, Animal Behavior and a variety of other fields. The major is comprised of courses in Biological Anthropology and in Biology; no courses in other sub-disciplines of anthropology are required. Because evolutionary biology is its primary theoretical orientation, with less emphasis placed on the cultural orientation of Anthropology, Evolutionary Anthropology differs from Biological Anthropology within the Anthropology major. In contrast, the Biological Anthropology major is grounded within four-field anthropology and has a stronger focus on the role of culture in human evolution and biological variation. Interested students should contact the department advisor in the Anthropology Department.

Prerequisites to the Major. BIOLOGY 171, 172, 173 and ANTHRBIO 161.

Requirements for the Major. Requires 32 credits distributed as follows:

  1. Anthropology. A minimum of four of the courses below, at least two of which must be at the 400-level or above and must represent two of the three groups:*

    1. Evolution, paleontology, morphology:
      ANTHRBIO 265, 351, 360, 365, 465, 564, 565, 566.
    2. Primatology, ecology, behavior:
      ANTHRBIO 361, 368, 467, 560, 562, 568.
    3. Genetics, growth, adaptation, race:
      ANTHRBIO 362, 364, 450/451, 461, 462, 464, 563.
    *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 groups below:
    1. Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology:
      • ANAT 541
      • BIOLCHEM 415
      • BIOLOGY 207, 225/226, 305, 541
      • EEB 341, 490
      • MCDB 307/308, 310 or 311
      • PHYSIOL 201, 502, 541
      • PSYCH 438, 532

       

    2. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior:
      • BIOLOGY 252, 281
      • EEB 315, 381, 390, 424, 451, 472, 476, 492, 496
      • ENVIRON 281, 315, 415, 425, 451, 476
      • GEOSCI 418, 419, 437, 438, 439
      • NRE 415, 425, 451, 476
      • PSYCH 335, 530 (section titled Behavior of Dogs and Wolves)
  3. Any remaining credits required to complete the major may be selected, subject to approval by the program advisor, from other anthropology or biology courses or from courses in other departments relevant to the major.

 

 

Anthropology-Zoology major (Fall 2006 through Summer 2008) +

Effective Fall 2006 through Summer 2008 | major is now called  Evolutionary Anthropology

 

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

 

Anthropology-Zoology is a joint major, requiring courses from the biology and Anthropology departments. It combines anthropological and zoological 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 Anthro-Zoo majors are pre-med, while others are planning to pursue careers in Natural Resource Management, Conservation, Animal Behavior and a variety of other fields. The major is comprised of courses in Biological Anthropology and in Biology; no courses in other sub-disciplines of anthropology are required. Because evolutionary biology is its primary theoretical orientation, with less emphasis placed on the cultural orientation of Anthropology, Anthro-Zoo differs from Biological Anthropology within the Anthropology major. In contrast, the Biological Anthropology major is grounded within four-field anthropology and has a stronger focus on the role of culture in human evolution and biological variation. Interested students should contact the Undergraduate Advisor in the Anthropology Department.

Prerequisites to the Major. BIOLOGY 162. ANTHRBIO 161 is recommended but only if elected during the first or second year. Juniors and seniors without prior course work in biological anthropology should elect ANTHRBIO 361 and/or 365.

Requirements for the Major. Requires 32 credits distributed as follows:

  1. Anthropology.A minimum of four of the courses below, at least two of which must be at the 400-level or above and must represent two of the three groups:*

    1. Evolution, paleontology, morphology: ANTHRBIO 351, 360, 365, 564, 565, 566.

    2. Primatology, ecology, behavior: ANTHRBIO 361, 368, 467, 560, 562, 568.

    3. Genetics, growth, adaptation, race: ANTHRBIO 362, 364, 450/451, 461, 462, 464, 563.

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

  2. Zoology.A minimum of three courses representing three of the groups below:

    1. Biochemistry: MCDB (BIOLOGY) 310 or 311, or BIOLCHEM 415.

    2. Physiology: BIOLOGY 225/226.

    3. Genetics and Development: BIOLOGY 305; MCDB 307/308.

    4. Biology of Vertebrates: BIOLOGY 252; EEB 451.

    5. Ecology and Evolution: BIOLOGY 281; EEB 390, 492/493.

  3. Any remaining credits required to complete the major may be selected, subject to approval by the program advisor, from other anthropology or biology courses or from courses in other departments relevant to the major.

Honors Plan. The Honors major in Anthropology-Zoology 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.

Anthropology-Zoology major (Effective through Fall 2006) +

 

Effective thrugh Fall 2006   

May be elected as an interdepartmental major

This program is designed to relate anthropological and zoological perspectives to the study of the human species and is especially appropriate for students pursuing pre-professional studies in preparation for a career in the health sciences.

Prerequisites to the Major. BIOLOGY 162. ANTHRBIO 161 is recommended but only if elected during the first or second year. Juniors and seniors without prior course work in biological anthropology should elect ANTHRBIO 361 and/or 365.

Requirements for the Major. Requires 32 credits distributed as follows:

  1. Anthropology. A minimum of four of the courses below, at least two of which must be at the 400-level or above and must represent two of the three groups:*

    1. Evolution, paleontology, morphology: ANTHRBIO 351, 360, 365, 564, 565, 566.

    2. Primatology, ecology, behavior: ANTHRBIO 361, 368, 467, 560, 562, 568.

    3. Genetics, growth, adaptation, race: ANTHRBIO 362, 364, 450/451, 461, 462, 464, 563.

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

  2. Zoology. A minimum of three courses representing three of the groups below:

    1. Biochemistry: BIOLOGY 310, 311, or BIOLCHEM 415.

    2. Physiology: BIOLOGY 225/226; MCDB 320.

    3. Genetics and Development: BIOLOGY 305; MCDB 307/308, 407.

    4. Biology of Vertebrates: BIOLOGY 252, 351; EEB 451.

    5. Ecology and Evolution: BIOLOGY 281, 390; EEB 492/493, 494.

  3. Any remaining credits required to complete the major may be selected, subject to approval by the program advisor, from other anthropology or biology courses or from courses in other departments relevant to the major.

Honors Plan. Students who meet requirements for admission to the Honors major program in either anthropology or zoology may, with permission of the instructors, elect a total of three Honors courses from among those offered by the participating departments.

The Honors major is individually arranged by the department advisor in consultation with the appropriate Honors instructors in either or both departments. Recommendations for degrees with Honors are made by the department advisor after consultation with these instructors.

 


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