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Anthropology: Archaeological Sciences Emphasis

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Anthropology: Archaeological Sciences Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

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Anthropology is the study of modern humans, their ancestors, and closest relatives (non-human primates). Biological anthropologists study the evolution of humans and other primates and modern human populations. Archaeologists trace the evolution of culture over the past three million years, analyzing ancient environments and modern material culture. Linguistic anthropologists are interested in the relationships between language, culture, society, and the individual. Cultural anthropologists look at relations between culture and the environment, family and society, gender, urbanization, and politics and history. After completing introductory course work, students may continue to study all four areas or focus on a sub-discipline.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
MCB 181R Introductory Biology I 3
MCB 181L Introductory Biology Laboratory I 1
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Second Science Class 4
Second Science Lab if needed* 1
MATH 122A Functions of Calculus 1
MATH 122B First-Semester Calculus or 125 Calculus I or 129 Calculus II 4
3rd Semester
ANTH 235 Principles of Archaeology (Core Course) 3
ANTH Core Course I* 3
Tier II General Education 3
Third Science Class 4
Minor 3
4th Semester
ANTH Core Course I* 3
ANTH Core Course II*** 3
Statistics Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
Minor 3
5th Semester
ANTH Elective 3
ANTH Elective 3
Tier II General Education 3
First Semester Second Language 4
Minor 3
6th Semester
ANTH Elective 3
ANTH Elective 3
Minor 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Minor 3
7th Semester
ANTH Elective 3
ANTH Elective 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
ANTH 474 Archaeometry 3
ANTH Elective 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

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Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
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  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of history, language, and material and human culture gained from a major in Anthropology in the Archaeological Sciences concentration forms a solid career foundation. Graduates might work in research, analysis, education, historical preservation, tourism, or planning and development. This concentration is also excellent preparation for law or medical school or graduate studies in anthropology, sociology, classics, geography, or history.Anthropology, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. Following are career possibilities that may most closely relate to this major. Many of the career areas and job titles below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Field research
  • Laboratory analysis
  • Teaching
  • Historical preservation
  • Museum administration
  • Community education
  • Development site assessment
  • Cultural promotion/advocacy
  • Media and arts

Sample Employers

  • Colleges and universities
  • Tourism organizations
  • Development firms
  • Historical societies
  • Park services
  • Government agencies
  • Tribal councils
  • Museums
  • Schools and camps

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Archaeologist $31,300 - $54,200
Grant Coordinator $36,143 - $43,271
Archaeology Instructor, Postsecondary $41,300 - $73,600
Textbook Editor $26,000 - $82,000
Secondary School Teacher $35,000 - $53,200
Archaeological Photographer $20,000 - $35,000
Park Services Archaeologist $27,431 - $33,979
Travel Guide $24,000 - $28,500
Forensic Archaeologist $29,000 - $109,000
Conservation Technician $22,320 - $36,660
Museum Education Director $18,000 - $45,790
Paleontologist $40,000 - $136,000