Biological Anthropology

Studying human/animal biology and the behavioral sciences

A large subfield of Anthropology, Biological Anthropology studies the mechanisms of biological evolution, genetic inheritance, primatology, and adaptations to local ecologies and cultures. At Alfred University, the Biological Anthropology minor concentrates on human/animal biology and behavioral science.


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Main Campus - Alfred, NY


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Biological Anthropology

I. Core Courses (8 credit hours)

  • ANTH 120 Human Origins
  • BIOL 130 Introduction to Human Genetics

II. Electives (12 credit hours)

  • ANTH 303 Health & Culture*
  • ANTH/BIOL 305 Belize and the Caribbean
  • BIOL 315 Genetics and Evolution of Populations*
  • BIOL 348 Animal Behavior*
  • BIOL 375 Comparative Vertebrate Biology*
  • BIOL 330 Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 351 Human Sexuality
  • SOCI 235 Socialization*

*these courses have prerequisites; see course descriptions

The interdisciplinary minor in Biological Anthropology requires foundation courses in Biology and Anthropology Biology and Anthropology. The minor is intended to complement a major in another discipline A total of 20 credit hours fulfills the minor. The required courses give students a solid grounding in all areas of biological anthropology. The majority of upper level courses concentrate on genetics, behavior, and evolution.

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