Combined Major - Anthropology/Biology BA & BS


Advisors: Dr. Joan Stevenson and Dr. MJ Mosher

The consideration of human biology is a necessary part of the holistic view of human beings. Physical anthropologists try to understand the nature of human variation in body size and shape, disease resistance, nutritional needs, and other medically relevant variables. The interaction of culture and environment with human health has given rise to the rapidly expanding field of medical anthropology. The success of this endeavor was highlighted by the work of Blumberg, a physical anthropologist who was awarded the Nobel prize in 1976 for his work with hepatitis.

The best models for the human body are our closest relatives, the primates; hence the interest in the ecological and historical variables influencing monkey and ape anatomy and physiology. The human fossil record is given much attention by the popular press, but physical anthropologists are most likely to be employed because of their expertise in human anatomy, genetics, growth and/or physiology.

The importance of a strong biology background is reflected in the dual Anthropology/Biology Combined Major. Undergraduate training in Biological Anthropology provides the requisite background for some entry-level technical positions in disease control, at population centers, blood centers, forensic laboratories, medical schools and universities; and can serve as the basis for more advanced studies in the health-related professions (e.g. doctor, physician's assistant).

Transfer students interested in the Anthropology/Biology major are advised to complete a year of chemistry and biology before entering the the program. Fulfilling these courses prior to entering Western may considerably shorten the many quarters necessary to complete the major. Students are welcome to contact our Department Office at (360) 650-3620 or the Biology Department for more information and advisement.


Mid-Program Checkpoint
Western Washington University undergraduates seeking to complete a BA or BS degree in biology/anthropology (human biology emphasis) within a four-year time span should have completed the following courses by the start of their junior year. Major omissions from this list will make it difficult or impossible to complete this degree within two additional years.

  • ANTH 201, 210, 215
  • CHEM 121, 122, 123 (or CHEM 125, 126, 225)
  • BIOL 204, 205, 206
  • Physics and calculus

Note that a 2.9 average in both the Biology 200 series and Chemistry 100 series are necessary to be admitted to Phase II of the Anthro/Bio major. In addition, the chemistry and biology classes must be completed during the first two years or by the completion of 75 credits.


DEGREE COURSEWORK & REQUIREMENTS
Combined Major - Anthropology/Biology BA  (89 Credits)

89 credits including 23 in supporting courses; Biology Phase II status required for admission into 300- and 400-level biology courses for biology majors.  

ANTH 201 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 210 - Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 215 - Introductory Biological Anthropology
ANTH 496 - Portfolio Assembly

BIOL 204 - Introduction to Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity
BIOL 205 - Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIOL 206 - Introduction to Organismal Biology
BIOL 321 - Genetics
BIOL 348 - Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIOL 349 - Human Physiology

Choose one of the following series:
CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I
CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II
CHEM 123 - General Chemistry III

  or
CHEM 125 - General Chemistry I, Honors
CHEM 126 - General Chemistry II, Honors
CHEM 225 - General Chemistry III, Honors

Choose either:
CHEM 251 - Elementary Organic Chemistry

 or all three of the following:
CHEM 351 - Organic Chemistry
CHEM 352 - Organic Chemistry
CHEM 353 - Organic Chemistry

One course from:
PHYS 101 - Physics Analysis
PHYS 114 - Principles of Physics I
PHYS 115 - Principles of Physics II  (recommended)

One course from:
ANTH 335 - Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
BIOL 340 - Biometrics
MATH 240 - Introduction to Statistics

10 credits in anthropology under advisement
ANTH 308 - Hunter-Gatherer Societies in World Prehistory
ANTH 422 - Nutritional Anthropology
ANTH 424 - Medical Anthropology
ANTH 466 - Reproductive Ecology

8 credits of biology under advisement
BIOL 322 - Genetics Lab
BIOL 323 - Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 324 - Methods in Molecular Biology
BIOL 345 - Fundamentals of Microbiology
BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior
BIOL 465 - Vertebrate Zoology
BIOL 467 - Comparative Vertebrate Physiology

Program Advisers: Joann Otto, Biology, and MJ Mosher & Joan Stevenson, Anthropology 


Requirements
Combined Major - Anthropology/Biology BS  (102-105 Credits)

Major requirements include 79-85 credits of foundational courses in anthropology, biology, chemistry, physics and math, 19-22 depth and elective credits, and 1 completion credit. Biology Phase II status required for admission into 300- and 400- level biology courses for biology majors.

Anthropology: M.J. Mosher, Joan Stevenson; Biology: Roger Anderson, Joann Otto

Admission and Declaration Process

The Biology Department has a two-step process for admission into our degree programs. Phase I students are students who have declared their intent to major in biology, and are in the process of completing the introductory biology and general chemistry series. Admission to Phase II is based on academic performance in the introductory courses. Students must achieve an average grade of 2.9 or higher in their introductory biology and general chemistry courses before they can advance to Phase II and begin taking upper-division coursework.
Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major courses.
Requirements

ANTH 201 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 210 - Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 215 - Introductory Biological Anthropology
BIOL 204 - Introduction to Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity
BIOL 205 - Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIOL 206 - Introduction to Organismal Biology
BIOL 321 - Genetics

One course from:
BIOL 325 - Ecology
ANTH 350 - The Ecology of Human Variation

One course from:
BIOL 340 - Biometrics
ANTH 335 - Quantitative Methods in Anthropology

One course from:
BIOL 432 - Evolutionary Biology
ANTH 423 - Human Evolution

Choose one of the following series:
CHEM 121 - General Chemistry I
CHEM 122 - General Chemistry II
CHEM 123 - General Chemistry III

          or
CHEM 125 - General Chemistry I, Honors
CHEM 126 - General Chemistry II, Honors
CHEM 225 - General Chemistry III, Honors

Choose from:
CHEM 351 - Organic Chemistry
CHEM 352 - Organic Chemistry

        or
CHEM 251 - Elementary Organic Chemistry (only with advisor’s approval)

One course from:
MATH 124 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
MATH 134 - Calculus I Honors
MATH 138 - Accelerated Calculus

Choose one of the following series:
PHYS 114 - Principles of Physics I
PHYS 115 - Principles of Physics II

          or
PHYS 161 - Physics with Calculus I
PHYS 162 - Physics with Calculus II
PHYS 163 - Physics with Calculus III

Depth requirements:
BIOL 348 - Human Anatomy and Physiology

One course from:
BIOL 349 - Human Physiology
BIOL 467 - Comparative Vertebrate Physiology

One of the following:
ANTH 308 - Hunter-Gatherer Societies in World Prehistory
ANTH 422 - Nutritional Anthropology
ANTH 424 - Medical Anthropology
BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior

Completion requirement:
ANTH 496 - Portfolio Assembly

One course from:
ANTH 308 - Hunter-Gatherer Societies in World Prehistory
ANTH 422 - Nutritional Anthropology
ANTH 424 - Medical Anthropology
BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior

Electives:
3-12 credits to make 102-105 total.
BIOL 323 - Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 345 - Fundamentals of Microbiology
BIOL 410 - Animal Behavior
BIOL 465 - Vertebrate Zoology
BIOL 467 - Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
ANTH 308 - Hunter-Gatherer Societies in World Prehistory
ANTH 422 - Nutritional Anthropology
ANTH 424 - Medical Anthropology
ANTH 466 - Reproductive Ecology
BIOL 322 - Genetics Lab or BIOL 324 - Methods in Molecular Biology

Other electives under advisement

Program Advisers:
MJ Mosher & Joan Stevenson, Anthropology
Joann Otto, Biology

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