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 (D2) 14
ANT 202World History Before Writing (GE Electives) 14
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 218Applications in GIS4
GEOG/ERSC 250Physical Geography4
GEOG 308Global Geography (Upper-Division D) 14
GEOG 350The Global Environment (Upper-Division B) 14
Methodological Elective, select from the following:4
Archaeological Field Methods
Archaeological Laboratory Methods
Action-oriented Ethnography
Applications in Remote Sensing and GIS
Advanced Applications in Geospatial Technologies
Regional Geography Elective, select from the following:4
Geography of California
Geography of Latin America
Geography of the Caribbean
ANT Electives (300-400 level)8
GEOG Elective (300-400 level)4
ANT, GEOG, or SOC Elective (300-400 level)8
Concentration or Individualized Course of Study (see below)28
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B4) 14
Select from the following:4
Senior Project I
and Senior Project II
Senior Project I
and Senior Project II
(See GE program requirements below.)48
Free Electives 324
Total units180


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

Individualized Course of Study

An Individualized Course of Study should consist of 28 units, with at least 16 units 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, 24 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 48 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science4
B2Life Science (4 units in Major) 10
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Major) 10
Upper-Division B (4 units in Major)0
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English4
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C24
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement)4
D2Lower-Division D (4 units in Major) 10
Upper-Division D (4 units in Major) 10
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E4
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Majors plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units48