Biological Anthropology

As part of the MA degree, students earn between six and 18 credit hours in a research concentration.

The biological anthropology concentration within the graduate program is concerned with modern human biological diversity and the evolutionary history that has led to that diversity. Students in this concentration develop a firm understanding of the evolutionary processes that lead to physical and behavioral variation in humans and non-humans, and quantitative methods used to explore and explain this variation. Students may take courses in diverse areas including evolutionary biology, genetics, ecology, ethnobiology, epidemiology, nutrition, medical anthropology, primatology and paleontology. Additionally,
because biological anthropology is multidisciplinary in nature, students are encouraged to consider courses offered outside the department's curriculum.

We do not have a program in forensic anthropology.  


  • ANTH 5500, Advanced Issues in Human Evolution
  • ANTH 5560, Human Ecology
  • ANTH 5580, Neanderthals and the Origin of Modern Humans
  • ANTH 5590 Primate Behavior
  • ANTH 6041 Human Genetics:  Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues
  • BIOL 5074, Human Reproductive Biology
  • BIOL 5104, Behavioral Genetics
  • BIOL 5134, Human Genetics
  • BIOL 5494, Population Genetics
  • HBSC 7031, Human Ecology and Environmental Adaptation
  • HBSC 7310, Environmental Epidemiology

Fulltime Biological Anthropology Faculty

Charles Musiba (PhD, University of Chicago , 1999)

Paleoanthropology, paleoecology; East Africa

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David Tracer (PhD, University of Michigan, 1991)

Biological anthropology, human ecology, nutrition, fertility, growth and development, game theory, decision-making; Papau New Guinea

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Anna Warrener (PhD, Washington University, St. Louis, 2011)

Human childbirth, human locomotion, biomechanics, anatomy

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