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/GEOG 455Anthropology-Geography Research Design and Methods4
ANT 464Professional Preparation for Anthropologists/Geographers1
or GEOG 464 Professional Preparation for Anthropologists/Geographers
ANT 465Internship 23
or GEOG 465 Internship
GEOG 150Human Geography4
GEOG/ERSC 250Physical Geography4
GEOG 308Global Geography4
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
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.) 356-60
Total units180

Required in Major; also satisfies GE.


Or approved study abroad course.


 Some GE requirements may be met by course selections within the concentrations; in that case, additional free electives may be required to reach a total of 180 units.


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, 12 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 A Communication
A1 Expository Writing4
A2 Oral Communication4
A3 Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area B Science and Mathematics
B1 Mathematics/Statistics (4 units in Major plus 4 units in GE) 14
B2 Life Science (4 units in Major) 10
B3 Physical Science4
B4 One lab taken with either a B2 or B30
B5 Area B Elective (select one course from B1-B5)4
Area C Arts and Humanities
C1 Literature4
C2 Philosophy4
C3 Fine/Performing Arts4
C4 Upper-division elective4
Area D/E Society and the Individual
D1 The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2 Political Economy4
D3 Comparative Social Institutes (4 units in Major) 10
D4 Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5 Upper-division elective (no ANT or GEOG courses)4
Area F Technology
F Upper-division elective (may be in Concentration)0-4
Total units56-60

Required in Major; also satisfies GE.