Anthropology: Bioanthropology Concentration (ANTH)

Biological anthropology studies human biology from an evolutionary perspective in order to understand the origins of our own species as well as the underpinnings of human biological variation. This includes comparative studies of modern human populations, paleontological research conducted in the field and in museum collections, studies of non-human primates in their natural habitats, and cross species comparisons of human and non-human primate biology. The program in biological anthropology offers a wide range of classes in human biology and health, paleoanthropology, and primatology. Those who choose this concentration will be prepared to pursue careers in pre-health, medical, and animal and wildlife fields.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Understand modern human biology, health, and medicine from an evolutionary perspective.

  2. Understand the origins of our species.

  3. Learn about human biological diversity, including the causes and consequences of variation.

  4. Understand how genes and environment interact to affect human biology.

  5. Prepare for a variety of career paths, including in medicine, law, and the environment.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Anthropology may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS), a Master of Science (MS), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Anthropology provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Colleges and universities

Research institutes and laboratories

Museums and zoos

State and local government

Federal government agencies

Non-profit or non-governmental organizations

Libraries and special collections

Hospitals and clinics

Media, communications, newspapers and magazines
Alumni Jobs


Health professional (e.g. medical doctor, physician's assistant, etc.)

Forensic anthropologist

Laboratory or field technician


Museum curator

Conservation biologist

Genetic counselor
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
ANTH 145 or 150; ANTH 161; ANTH 270

2nd Year
ANTH 1xx-4xx (Bio Anthro); ANTH 1xx-4xx (Cultural Anthro); ANTH 3xx-4xx (Geog-Area Anthro)

3rd Year
ANTH 3xx/4xx, ANTH 3xx/4xx, ANTH 3xx/4xx (all in Biological Anthropology)

4th Year
ANTH 3xx/4xx, ANTH 3xx/4xx, ANTH 3xx/4xx (all in Biological Anthropology)

Major Credits
Required   40
Electives 8

Total 48

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Critical thinking and scientific reasoning

Communication: written, oral, cross-cultural

Anatomy, osteology, and forensics


Behavioral data collection

Molecular laboratory methods (genetics/genomics, isotopes, biomarkers, hormones, etc.)

Use and analysis of museum collections

Policy analysis

Data analysis

Experiential learning opportunities

Research (Lab/Fieldwork)

Career-oriented courses

Oregon National Primate Research Center

Eugene Raptor Center
Specialized Courses

Monkeys and Apes

Evolutionary Medicine

Forensic Anthropology

Human Attraction and Mating Strategies

Nutritional Anthropology

Human Growth and Development

Human Osteology

Genomics and Anthropology
Add A Minor Or Certificate


Earth Sciences

Environmental Studies/Science

Food Studies

Global Health

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