Humans in their environments

Biological Anthropology

Across space and time

Support the repatriation of human remains and help protect sacred sites from development. Investigate and write a history that includes the people often left out of textbooks. Piece together a crime scene to bring about justice. Inquire into the origins of our species, churning through the remains of a time when early hominins roamed the earth, and help us understand the complexities of Homo sapiens through evolutionary perspective.

There are a lot of ways to study the human body. In pursuing Biological Anthropology you’ll look at human biology and cultures in the context of evolution. Hominins have been roaming the earth for 7 million years. Studying how we have changed genetically in relation to our environment helps us to understand our present circumstances.


Biological Anthropology includes a variety of tracks within the subfield. For instance, primatologists not only look to our closest living relatives for evolutionary perspective, but also work to protect primates against forces that endanger their existence. Forensic anthropologists help determine identity and interpret trauma in legal contexts. Bioarchaeologists study past peoples through human remains, paleopathologists study disease in antiquity and human biologists investigate genetics, ecology, nutrition and epidemiology in living people.

Study biological anthropology as an Anthropology major