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Biological Anthropology Advising Information

Biological Anthropology Major Entrance Requirements: The student must complete one year of full-time study (24 credits minimum) or 32 credits as a part-time student.

Courses and Requirements (pdf)

Course Offering Schedule (pdf)

  • Wisconsin Lutheran College anthropologists study the whole of human biology and culture, applying the scientific and mathematical principles of modern academia to the study of language, social practice, biology, and culture history across a variety of social and natural landscapes. The work of anthropologists at WLC is designed to promote awareness regarding variations in human ethnicity and biology, celebrating the diverse nature of the created world.

  • TRACK: APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY

    Applied anthropologists pair the basic frame of reference assigned to American Anthropology with current topics.  Whether it is the study and conservation of non-human primates or pioneering new approaches toward local sustainability in rural China, students assigned to this applied track of the major attempt to devise a practical application for their knowledge with the hopes of organizing their experiences into a future career.

    Required Courses:

    • ANT 301 Peoples and Cultures of Select World Areas
    • ANT 320 Globalization 
    • ANT 350 Primatology 

    TRACK: BIOARCHAEOLOGY

    Students interested in bioarchaeology study the physiological and anatomical qualities of the adaptive success story of genus Homo. Course offerings and undergraduate research projects are organized around the notion of survival and reproductive success. Often, the methodological principles of paleodemography and archaeology are applied to mortuary communities across a variety of timelines.

    Required Courses:

    • ANT 303 Death and Archaeology
    • BIO 240 Nutrition
    • BIO 255 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
    • BIO 265 Muscle Physiology
    • BIO 355 Pathophysiology
    • BIO 372 Developmental Biology
    • BIO 380 Ecology
    • BIO 455 Advanced Physiology

    TRACK: FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY

    Forensic science is an important part of biological anthropology. Many of the concepts and techniques utilized by criminologists, forensic psychologists, and coroners have been drawn from the research of American Archaeologists and Anthropologists. Students interested in pursuing a graduate career in forensic science are challenged to apply current research in archaeology and biological anthropology with laboratory techniques designed around the work of toxicologists, forensic technicians, dissection specialists, and crime scene investigators.

    Required Courses:

    • ANT 303 Death and Archaeology
    • BIO 323 Medical Terminology
    • BIO 331 Cell Biology
    • BIO 341 Microbiology
    • BIO 355 Pathophysiology
    • BIO 360 Genetics
    • BIO 433 Molecular Biology
    • SOC 250 Sociology of Crime and Deviant Behavior