Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology: Human Biology Concentration

The Human Biology concentration in Anthropology prepares students for careers in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, optometry, podiatry, and other allied health fields. Human Biology students major in Anthropology but take departmental courses primarily in biological anthropology. These courses deal in human genetics, human paleontology, human physiology, and human reproductive biology and behavior. They stress an evolutionary perspective on humans and integrate molecular, whole-organism, population, and species-level data on humans. The Human Biology concentration also includes required courses in biology, and elective options in human anatomy, physiology, and public health. This program also encourages students to take courses in other disciplines to fulfill admission requirements to professional schools in the health sciences. As a result, our students have the broad, liberal arts background that many professional schools find attractive.

Interested students should contact the Human Biology Concentration advisor, Dr. Charles Weitz, at 215-204-7330 or or the pre-med advisor at 1810 Liacouras Walk, 1st Floor. A brochure describing the Human Biology Concentration can be obtained in the Anthropology Department, room 209, Gladfelter Hall. 

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. All students majoring in the Anthropology Human Biology concentration must take ANTH 3796 and ANTH 4897.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits (numbered 2000-4999) must be taken in Humanities Subject Areas: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts, Art History in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CLA College Requirements page. Only one course in this category may count towards graduation.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • All students must complete or test out of the first and second levels of a foreign language - these courses are numbered 1001 and 1002;
      • All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
      • All Bachelor of Arts students must complete one of the following options:
        • Third semester of a foreign language;
        • Demonstrated proficiency beyond the third semester in a foreign language (placement exam or certification from the language department);
        • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Requirements page;
        • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
        • Take a second General Education Global/World Society course.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (39 credits):

Required Courses
ANTH 2705Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology 14
ANTH 3771Quantitative Methods in Anthropology3
ANTH 3796Evolutionary Biology3
Introductory Sequence in Biology
Select one of the following sets:8
General Biology I
and General Biology II
Introduction to Organismal Biology
and Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
Human Biology Electives
Select four of the following:12
Human Population Genetics
Human Osteology
Human Paleontology
Human Biology of Modern Populations
Human Evolutionary Genetics
Human Reproduction: Evolutionary Perspectives
Human Growth and Development
Mammalian Anatomy 2
Mammalian Physiology 2
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 2
Human Anatomy and Physiology II (prerequisite: KINS 1223) 2
Primate and Human Behavior Course
Select one of the following:3
Primate Behavior
Primate Functional Morphology
Health and Disease Course
Select one of the following:3
Medical Anthropology
Evolutionary Medicine
Environmental Physiology and Health
Environmental Health
Introduction to Epidemiology
Health and Disease in American Society
Global Health
Capstone Course
ANTH 4897Research in Biological Anthropology3
Total Credit Hours39

Distinction in Major

Anthropology majors may graduate with distinction in the major if they have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology: Human Biology Concentration

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Foreign Language 1001 - first level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
BIOL 1011 or 1111General Biology I (must follow sequence)14
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - third level
GenEd Global/World Society Course
Internationally Focused Course From Approved List
 Term Credit Hours16
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
ANTH 2705Fundamentals of Biological Anthropology4
BIOL 1012 or 2112General Biology II (must follow sequence)14
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
ANTH 3771Quantitative Methods in Anthropology3
ANTH 3796Evolutionary Biology [WI]3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course4
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
Human Biology Elective - select from list4
Human Biology Elective - select from list3
Primate and Human Behavior Elective - select from list3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Health and Disease Elective - select from list3
Human Biology Elective - select from list3
Human Biology Elective - select from list 3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
CLA/CST 0800+ Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
CLA/CST 2000+ Elective3
ANTH 4897Research in Biological Anthropology [WI]3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
One 0800+ Elective in Any School or College3
One 0800+ Elective in Any School or College2
 Term Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours: 123