B.S. in Anthropology

Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand what makes humans unique, and the importance of our differences, anthropology draws on insights from diverse fields, including social and biological sciences and the humanities. You can read more about what makes anthropology a unique and special area of study here.

The bachelor of science degree program in anthropology gives students an opportunity to learn how and why humans evolved, and how our evolutionary biological, social and cultural trajectories help us understand the meaning of being human in past, present and future environments. The B.S. degree focuses on evolutionary anthropology, bioarchaeology, quantitative archaeology and evolutionary human biology. The program gives students an opportunity to master anthropological or anthropologically relevant knowledge and skills with a focus on understanding and applying the scientific method and quantitative methodologies. Anthropology at ASU provides many exciting hands-on learning opportunities through laboratories and field-based courses, such as paleoanthropology field schools in Africa, bioarchaeology and archaeology training in the field and laboratory and environmental and health studies in diverse communities. Areal foci include such varied areas as Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Mexico, Latin America and the Mediterranean Basin; and many other topics that explore humans of the past and present.

For further information on career possibilities in anthropology and further information on the program, please read our Undergraduate Anthropology FAQs.

B.S. in Anthropology Curriculum

  • 39 credit hours
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours must be upper division (300 or 400 level), and 12 of the 18 credits must be taken on the Tempe campus.

Intro Courses:
ASB 102: Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology (3 credits)
ASM 104: Bones, Stones and Human Evolution (4 credits)
ASB 222: Buried Cities and Lost Tribes or ASB 223: Buried Civilizations of the Americas (3 credits)
AML 100: Introduction to Applied Math for the Life and Social Sciences (3 credits)

Anthropology Science Seminar:
ASM 300 (3 credits)

Anthropology Sciences Courses:
4 courses from the ASM prefix (12 credits total)

Anthropology Electives:
4 additional courses from the ASM, ASB, SSH or AML prefix and/or any UPPER-division BIO, CHM, BCH, NTR, GPH or GLG courses (12 credits total)

1 statistics course at the 400 level (3 credits)

Minimum Math Requirement:
1 calculus course (MAT 251, MAT 210, MAT 270 or MAT 265) (3–4 credits)

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