BS in Biological Anthropology/MS in Human Paleobiology
The dual Bachelor of Science in Biological Anthropology and Master of Science in Human Paleobiology program allows students to complete the graduate degree on an accelerated timeline by completing nine graduate credits as part of the undergraduate program.
Students in the BS in Biological Anthropology degree program may apply to the MS in Human Paleobiology once they have accumulated 60 credits at GW and have consulted with biological anthropology advisors. Applicants must be declared anthropology, archaeology or biological anthropology majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the major. Students must also fill out a Combined Degree Credit Form (PDF) specifying the double-counted courses they plan to take and submit it to the director of graduate studies. GRE scores are not required.
Eligible students will apply for formal admission into the BS/MS program, through the CCAS Combined Degree Application process. Students will be recommended for admission to the MS program on the same basis as other applicants for the MS degree, with the final decision being made by the CCAS graduate dean.
BS/MS students receive their BS in Biological Anthropology after four years, and are admitted to the MS in Human Paleobiology program with the understanding that nine credits of graduate coursework taken during their senior year will double-count towards the BS degree. This schedule leaves another 27 credits following the end of the student’s senior year to complete the MS degree. The remaining 27 credits for the MS degree normally will be taken during the summer after the senior year (six credits of coursework or field or laboratory research), plus two additional semesters with the normal full-time MS student load of nine credits per semester. Students will therefore be able to complete the BS/MS dual degree with one year of full-time study beyond the BS degree.
- ANTH 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004 (13 hours)
- BISC 1111-1112 (8 hours)
- University Writing (4 hours)
- General Education Curriculum (GPAC) courses (ca. 18 hours) and Writing in the Disciplines courses (6 hours) can be fulfilled as part of the major, part of the general education requirement or can be substituted for electives in junior year
Fall (15 hours)
- Two upper-level biological anthropology and palaeolithic archaeology electives (ANTH 3400-3499)
- Upper-level elective in anthropology (not biological or paleoarchaeology)
- ANTH 2000 or above, but not including courses in the 3400-3499 or the 3802 or 3832 range
- Upper-level BISC elective organismal, evolutionary or ecological biology
- 1 elective/GPAC course
- Apply for admission to BS/MS before Feb 15 of academic year
Spring (15 hours)
- Upper-level elective in biological anthropology/paleoarchaeology (ANTH 3400-3499 and 3800-3899)
- Upper-level elective in biological sciences, cell and molecular biology (BISC 22## and 32### course numbers)
- Upper-level anthropology class (ANTH 2000 and above, excluding 3400-3499)
- Additional science or math or statistics class
- 1 elective/GPAC course/or research credits
Fall (15 hours, including 3 for undergraduate/graduate credit)
- 4 upper-level electives in biological anthropology and/or in biological sciences, including one graduate course for combined graduate/undergraduate credit
- 3 hours research or thesis credits
Spring (15 hours, including 6 for undergraduate/graduate credit)
- 3 electives in biological anthropology and/or biological sciences, or another science -- should include one graduate course for combined graduate/undergraduate credit
- Elective or research/thesis credits
- First graduate core class in hominin paleobiology, paleolithic archaeology, genetics or primatology
Summer After Senior Year (nine hours)
- Anth 6995, graduate research
In limited circumstances, students may be able to take upper-level undergraduate courses (3000-level courses) for graduate credit, but this must first be approved by the Director of Graduate Study and the Course Instructor prior to registration.
Fall (nine hours)
- Second core class in biological anthropology
- Two electives (could include three hours thesis research /internship)
Spring (9 hours)
- Third core class in biological anthropology
- Two electives (could include 3 hours thesis research/internship)
- Submit approved thesis in May or August
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 51 credits, including 21 credits in introductory courses and 40 additional credits in required courses for the major.
|Required introductory courses
|21 credits in introductory courses
|or ANTH 1002W
|Language in Culture and Society
|Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
|Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
|Additional required courses for the major
|12 credits in courses selected from the following:
|Human Evolutionary Genetics
|Human Functional Anatomy
|Human Evolutionary Anatomy
|Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
|Advanced Human Osteology
|Conservation in a Changing World: Human and Animal Behavior
|The Evolution of Human Families
|Evolution of Primate Life Histories
|or ANTH 3412W
|Evolution of the Human Brain
|Topics in Biological Anthropology
|Human Cultural Beginnings
|or ANTH 3802W
|Human Cultural Beginnings
|Paleoanthropological Field Program
|9 credits in biology (BISC) courses numbered 2000 or above, including at least one course from each of the following three categories:
|Biology of Cancer
|Introductory Medical Biochemistry
|Special Topics in Biochemistry
|Neural Circuits and Behavior
|Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
|Evolution and Extinction of Dinosaurs
|Integrative Biology of Fishes
|Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
|or BISC 2337W
|Human Gross Anatomy
|History of Life
|Plant Comparative Structure and Function
|Plant-Animal Interactions Laboratory
|Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics
|Ecology and Evolution of Societies
|One course selected from the following:
|General Chemistry I
|General Chemistry II
|or GEOL 3140
|Psychology of Adolescence
|The Biology of Nutrition and Health
|or BISC 1007
|Food, Nutrition, and Service
|The Ecology and Evolution of Organisms
|or BISC 1008
|Understanding Organisms through Service Learning
|Statistics for the Biological Sciences
|6 credits in anthropology (ANTH) courses numbered 2000 and above, excluding courses in the 3400 range, ANTH 3802, and ANTH 3832.
Note: The major in biological anthropology cannot be pursued in conjunction with the major in anthropology.
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.
36 credits in a program developed in consultation with the advisor.
|Lab Techniques: Paleoanthropology *
|Ethics and Professional Practice I
|Analytical Methods in Human Evolutionary Studies
|At least one paleobiology core course selected from the following:
|or HOMP 6201
|At least one modern biology core course selected from the following:
|The Evolution of Primate Life Histories
|Evolution of the Human Brain
|17 to 19 credits in elective courses. Courses should be selected in consultation with the faculty advisor, and may include a combination of the following: independent laboratory or field-based research; a field course; relevant courses in Anatomy, Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Geography, Geology, Human Paleobiology, Psychology, and Speech, Language, and Hearing Science available at GW; and/or relevant courses from the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
|Thesis Research (taken for 6 credits)
*In order to maintain a 9-credit per semester courseload, students register for 1 to 3 credits in HOMP 6202, depending on the number of credits taken in the other courses for which they are concurrently enrolled.