BS Anthropology and Geography

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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Understand and appreciate the cultural and physical attributes of major world regions, key regional issues and linkages between regions, the processes that shape cultural change and interaction, and international development issues.
  2. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of human ecology with specific emphasis on the ecological, demographic, genetic, developmental, and epidemiological dimensions of modern human adaptations and their evolutionary foundations over time and space.
  3. Comprehend the historical place of humans around the globe and apply acquired skills for cultural resource management and conservation.
  4. Analyze the processes that shape the earth’s physical environment (e.g. climate, landforms, water, soils, biota, and ecosystems), the distributions of natural resources, and the ways in which humans utilize natural resources and impact the environment with an emphasis on sustainability.
  5. Apply scientific research methodology and design, including the ability to collect, synthesize, and interpret qualitative and quantitative cultural and ecological data using a variety of methods including the utilization of geospatial technologies (GIS, remote sensing, and GPS).
  6. Critically analyze issues from multiple perspectives and communicate results effectively.
  7. Synthesize information and utilize acquired skills locally and globally to improve the state of the environment and the human condition by applying cultural, ecological, and spatial knowledge, methods, and techniques.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major, support or concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

ANT 201Cultural Anthropology (D3) 14
ANT 202World Prehistory4
ANT 250Biological Anthropology (B2) 14
ANT 360Human Cultural Adaptations4
ANT 384Professional Preparation for Anthropologists/Geographers1
or GEOG 384 Professional Preparation for Anthropologists/Geographers
ANT/GEOG 455Anthropology-Geography Research Design and Methods4
ANT 465Internship 23
or GEOG 465 Internship
GEOG 150Human Geography4
GEOG/ERSC 250Physical Geography4
GEOG 308Global Geography (D5) 14
GEOG 318Applications in GIS4
GEOG/ERSC 333Human Impact on the Earth4
Methodological Elective
Select from the following:4
Archaeological Field Methods
Archaeological Laboratory Methods
Action-oriented Ethnography
Applications in Remote Sensing
Advanced-Applications in GIS
Regional Geography Elective
Select from the following:4
Geography of United States
Geography of California
Geography of Latin America
Geography of the Caribbean
ANT Electives
Select from the 300-400 level8
GEOG Elective
Select from the 300-400 level4
ANT, GEOG, or SOC Elective
Select from the 300-400 level 4
Concentration or individualized course of study
(at least 16 units 300-400 level)28
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 14
Select from the following:4
Senior Project I
and Senior Project II
Senior Project I
and Senior Project II
(See the GE program requirements below.) 356
Total units180


Students may select one of the following concentrations or the individualized course of study.

Individualized Course of Study

When creating an individual program, it should consist of 28 units, with 16 of the 28 at the 300-400 level. Courses are selected by the student in consultation with an advising faculty member. The student must also provide a written justification for the courses and the way they constitute a cohesive, integrated course of study. The list of courses is a contract between the student and the Department.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 16 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Mathematics/Statistics (4 units in Major plus 4 units in GE) 14
B2Life Science (4 units in Major) 10
B3Physical Science 24
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B5Area B elective (select one course from B1-B5) 24
B7Upper-division elective 24
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area D Society and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy 24
D3Comparative Social Institutions (4 units in Major) 10
D5Upper-division elective (4 units in Major) 10
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective4
Total units56