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Anthropology (BS): Human Biology

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
No
UA College: 
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Degree Type: 
Bachelor of Science
Degree/Minor Description: 

The University of Arizona Anthropology ranks fifth among departments in the United States. Anthropologists study all aspects of human life from the biological origins of the human species to the cultures and societal structures that humans have adopted across time and space in many different environments. Students will describe and interpret interactions among human behavior and culture, language, biology, and the environment at many levels of organization, from molecules to ecosystems, in the present and in the past. The Bachelor of Science with a focus on Human Biology incorporates general Anthropology courses with biological lab science classes. The scientific integretaion helps students develop furthered knowledge of human functioning along with unique global perspectives and critical thinking skills that can be used to follow career paths in medicine, government, business, law, social services, or other fields. 

Research Opportunities: 

Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology: BARA is a unique academic research unit within the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. BARA's mission is to prepare the next generation of professional anthropologists, advance knowledge of the human condition, and address the pressing issues of local communities. BARA faculty and affiliates carry out research, teaching, and outreach activities within Arizona, throughout the country, and internationally. 

Arizona State Museum: ASM was built on the cornerstone of research more than a century ago. Its projects range across many disciplines, including archaeology, preservation, ethnohistory and geographic information system. ASM seeks undergradute and graduate students to participate in their important historical research.

Field Study: The Department of Anthropology offers interesting hands-on experiences at various field schools around the Southern U.S. These include the Rock Art Ranch, Mission Guevavi and more. 

Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Lab: AMSL has been at the UA since 1981 and is well-known for its work on radiocarbon dating. The lab also includes other interdisciplinary topics into its research such as geology, paleoclimate, art history, archaeology, physics and forensics.  

Biosphere 2: Biosphere 2 is owned by the University of Arizona and is an Earth systems science research facility that focuses on the Earth, its living systems, and sustainability. The facility is located in northern Tucson and serves as a center for research, outreach, and teaching. 

BIO5 InstituteThe BIO5 Institute is at the leading edge of life sciences research, bringing together researchers from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering. The main goal of BIO5 is to find bold solutions to complex, biology-based challenges affecting humanity.

Undergraduate Biology Research Program: UBRP is a research program that enhances undergraduate education by partnering students with research opportunities to participate in mentored, self-directed work. Student projects are associated with biology-related fields that involve inquiry, design, investigation, research, scholarship, discovery, and the presentation of experimental results. 

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Environmental Arts and Humanities
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Public Health
Science Engagement