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Biological Anthropology

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Dr. Stephen Frost’s paleoanthropological research uses morphometrics to examine Neandertal taxonomy (from Harvati et al. 2004 Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci.)

Biological anthropology is a subfield of anthropology that examines biological aspects of the human species from comparative, ecological, and evolutionary perspectives. At the University of Oregon, biological anthropology consists of a diverse group of faculty and students who apply an evolutionary perspective to a broad array of topics in human evolutionary biology. These topics include primate behavior and morphology, paleoanthropology, human behavioral ecology, human adaptation, and evolutionary medicine. The biological anthropology program at UO is highly interdisciplinary and involves collaborations across the anthropological subfields (see Areas of Departmental Expertise), with researchers across the UO campus (see Campus Links), and with scientists around the world:

Core Faculty
Current Research Projects

Undergraduate Program in Biological Anthropology

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UO Anthropology undergraduate student Sara Epstein (right) participating in a research project on stress and health among Latino immigrants in Oregon directed by Drs. Josh Snodgrass and Heather McClure.

The undergraduate program in biological anthropology offers a wide range of introductory and advanced classes. In addition to the core introductory course in the subfield (ANTH 270, Introduction to Biological Anthropology), which is required for all majors, there are a number of other introductory courses offered by the department (ANTH 170, 171, 173, 175, 176) that are designed for non-majors but are regularly taken by anthropology majors interested in the topic. Upper division courses are offered on a variety of topics, including primate behavior, human biological variation, evolutionary theory, and human osteology. A list of biological anthropology courses, organized by instructor, can be found below. In addition to regular courses, individual biological anthropology faculty often offer individualized, independent study courses or research experiences to advanced undergraduate students. For further information, students are encouraged to contact relevant biological anthropology faculty. Students may also obtain additional information on undergraduate opportunities from HeadUndergraduate Advisor Dr. Diane Baxter or Biological Anthropology Advisor Dr. Larry Ulibarri.

Anthropology Course Descriptions
Anthropology Course Schedule
Anthropology Major Requirements
Anthropology Minor Requirements

Graduate Program in Biological Anthropology

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Graduate students Nick Malone (now at the University of Auckland) and Michel Waller in the Congo as part of Dr. Frances White’s research on bonobos

The graduate program in biological anthropology includes both Master’s and Ph.D. students; however, virtually all of the students in the biological anthropology graduate program have as their ultimate goal to obtain the Ph.D. Students who are interested in completing a Ph.D. in biological anthropology typically first complete the Master’s degree (either an M.S. or M.A.) before proceeding onto the Ph.D. program or arrive at UO with a Master’s in anthropology or a related discipline. Additional details of the program can be found in the Graduate Handbook.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact relevant faculty before applying to the graduate program.

Anthropology Graduate Students
Graduate Program Admissions Information
Information from the Graduate School
Anthropology Course Descriptions
Anthropology Course Schedule

Current Research Projects (and Primary UO Anthropology Faculty Involved)

Important Links

Campus Links

The Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Department of Human Physiology
Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences
Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Northwest Primate Conservation Society

Lectures Series and Discussion Groups

Anthropology Department Lecture Series Schedule
Evolution and Cognition Focus Group
Evolutionary Medicine Group

Biological Anthropology Courses

Faculty Courses Taught
Geraldine Moreno Anth 199: Consuming Agendas: Food and Social Action
Anth 365: Food & Culture
Anth 4/560: Nutritional Anthropology
Josh Snodgrass Anth 175: Evolutionary Medicine
Anth 270: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Anth 362: Human Biological Variation
Anth 369: Human Growth and Development
Anth 4/568: Evolutionary Theory
Anth 4/587: Bioanthropology Methods
Stephen Frost Anth 170: Intro to Human Origins
Anth 366: Human Osteology
Anth 375: Primates in Ecological Communities
Anth 4/562: Primate Evolution
Anth 4/567: Paleoecology and Human Evolution
Anth 4/568: Evolutionary Theory
Anth 680: Graduate Physical Anthropology
Frances White Anth 171: Introduction to Monkeys and Apes
Anth 173: Evolution of Human Sexuality
Anth 375: Primates in Ecological Communities
Anth 4/563: Primate Behavior
Anth 4/566: Primate Feeding and Nutrition
Anth 4/570: Statistical Analysis of Biological Anthropology
Anth 4/572: Primate Conservation Biology
John Lukacs Anth 361: Human Evolution
Anth 368: Scientific Racism
Anth 4/574: Human Paleopathology
Lawrence Sugiyama Anth 4/510: Human Life Histories
Anth 4/581: Principles of Evolutionary Psychology
Anth 4/582: Human Behavioral Ecology