Biological Anthropology and Archaeology

Biological Anthropology and Archaeology Faculty


Erin Blankenship-Sefczek, PhD

Biological Anthropology
Department of Cultural and Social Studies


Erin Averett, PhD

Archaeology
Department of Fine and Performing Arts


Tyler Dunn, MS

Biological Anthropology/Anatomy
Department of Medical Education

Community Partner

Timoth Sefczek, PhD
Timothy Sefczek, PhD
Biological Anthropology/Primatology
Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Biological Anthropology and Archaeology

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human. An understanding of our evolutionary and historic past helps us contextualize humanity’s present and future. The biological anthropology and archaeology program offers an opportunity for students to learn about the effects of diet, migration, social complexity, and ecology, on human populations around the globe, and through time. Students can explore aspects of behavior and biology in modern humans, their early ancestors and non-human primates (biological anthropology) and interpret aspects of past peoples through their material culture (archaeology). This program offers a unique opportunity for students to combine both biological and archaeological methods and theory to any time and place.

Top 3 skills learned:

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Quantitative research methods and data analysis
  3. Written and oral communication skills

The "A-Ha" moment for students:

This usually happens when you see that biological and cultural differences between human populations are minimal. You are more similar to a person from Africa or China than a chimpanzee from the Ivory Coast, Africa is to a chimpanzee from Uganda, Africa. The moment becomes more pronounced when you realize the time-depth we use to understand the human experience. With this broadened view, you will have the foundation to explore issues related to both biology and culture in the past and present. Working in the lab and in the field helps you deepen your understanding of the human experience and address relevant issues we all encounter.

Major Requirements (if your interests better align with Cultural Anthropology)

Major Requirements (if your interests better align with Medical Anthropology)

Minor Requirements (if your interests better align with Cultural Anthropology)

Minor Requirements (if your interests better align with Medical Anthropology)

Declare/Drop a Major/Minor