Biological (or Physical) Anthropology, offered by Western’s departments of Anthropology and Biology, combines the study of Human Biology and Behavioral Science. It is the study of both present and past human variation as it relates to local ecologies and cultures.

This major is more flexible than the Biology/Anthropology B.S. but is also excellent preparation for the applied health careers and graduate programs in Biological or Physical Anthropology.

Biological anthropologists specialize in:

  • Human or Primate Anatomy
  • Genetics
  • Disease Ecology
  • Growth and Development
  • Forensic Anthropology and Osteology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Primate Behavior and Primatology

Beyond the Classroom


Students create internships that suit their specific interests to maximize their chances of long term career success and satisfaction. Internships often include local museums and organizations, but can also be found outside the area or abroad.

Anthropology Club

Western’s Anthropology Club is a group of students and faculty who promote interest in the discipline of Anthropology. The club plans and promotes speakers, trips, and events which relate to all subdivisions within Anthropology. The main annual event is the Anthropology Conference—which the Anthropology Club hosts and plans—and is held in conjunction with Scholars Week.

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"I chose this field because of my love of biology and for people and culture. This major integrates these two fields, which others may see as loosely connected but are important to each other. It’s important to understand someone’s worldview and culture and how that affects their beliefs regarding health."

Kyra Langhelm
Biology/Anthropology B.S. Student

Careers and Graduate Studies

This flexible major offers excellent preparation for the applied health careers and graduate programs in Biological or Physical Anthropology.

Students earning a degree in Anthropology will be able to apply their learning to a variety of graduate degrees and careers locally and internationally in both the public and private sectors. Opportunities may be found in teaching (public school, community college, and college), federal and state agencies, social services, applied health setting, museums, and international business.


Sample Jobs

  • International Studies 
  • Ethnologist 
  • Museum Curator 
  • Overseas Consultant 
  • Researcher 
  • Archaeologist

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.