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2017 - 2018 Undergraduate Catalog
Radford University
  Jan 23, 2018
2017 - 2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Anthropological Sciences, B.S.

The Anthropological Sciences major provides broad training in biological, archaeological, and forensic anthropology leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Students majoring in Anthropological Sciences must take all of the required Anthropological Sciences courses and also must choose a concentration in General Anthropology, Field Archaeology or Forensic Anthropology.

Core Curriculum Requirements (43-45 credits)

All majors in Anthropological Sciences must complete STAT 200 , which is a class approved for Core Curriculum credit. Students are encouraged to take STAT 200  in order to fulfill this requirement and their Core Curriculum requirement for College Core B: Mathematical or Natural Sciences, and SOCY 121 , which is approved for Core Curriculum credit (University Core B: Social and Behavioral Sciences, College Core A: Global Perspectives)


Majors must choose one of the concentrations outlined below.

B.S. Requirements (8 credits)

All students in the Field Archaeology concentration are expected to complete GEOL 105  as well as a minimum of one of the courses listed below (8 hrs total) to fulfill their Bachelor of Science degree requirement.

Students in the Forensic Anthropology or General Anthropology concentration choosing to earn a B.S. must complete 8 hours, including at least one lab science course worth four or more credits, from the following list of classes:


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  • any class numbered 200 or above, except for STAT 200 

General Anthropology Concentration (27 credits)

The General Anthropology Concentration is designed for students who wish for a broader foundation in anthropology. This concentration is recommended for students interested in careers and/or graduate programs in biological anthropology, cultural and heritage resource management, and archaeology. Students are encouraged to take a variety of biological and archaeological anthropology coursework in order to build an interdisciplinary understanding of the field. In addition to the Required Anthropological Sciences courses listed above, students in the General Anthropological Concentration must complete the following:

Anthropological Sciences Electives (4-9 credits)

Students will take additional courses from either of the two elective lists above or the following classes for an overall total of 21 credits in Anthropological Science classes.

Additional Courses

In addition students in the General Anthropology concentration must take at least 6 credit hours in one of the following disciplines: a Foreign Language, History, Geology, Geospatial Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, or Statistics.

Field Archaeology Concentration (27-32 credits)

Students interested in a career in archaeology, specifically working for a cultural resource management company as a field archaeologist have the option of choosing the Field Archaeology concentration. This concentration will prepare students for a career as an archaeologist by giving them training not only in archaeological anthropology, but in the fields of Geology or Geospatial Science. Students in this concentration can choose one of two tracks, Geology or Geospatial Science. In addition to the Required Anthropological Sciences Courses listed above, students in the Field Archaeology Concentration must complete the following:

Tracks (12 credits)

Students in this concentration must also take one of the following tracks:

Forensic Anthropology Concentration (26-30 credits)

Students interested in specializing in Forensic Anthropology have the option of choosing a Forensic Anthropology Concentration. This preprofessional concentration prepares students for graduate-level study of recent unidentified human remains in a medicolegal context. In addition to the Required Anthropological Sciences Courses listed above, students in the Forensic Anthropology Concentration must complete the following:

Total Credits Needed for Degree 120

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a major in Anthropological Sciences, students must have a C- or better in all courses taken for major requirements including those from other departments. In addition students graduating with an Anthropological Sciences major must have at least a 2.5 GPA in the major.