Anthropology (Biological)

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

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What you will learn in this program

Anthropologists ask questions such as: Do non-human primates deceive each other? Why do many primates live in groups? How does grooming strengthen social bonds?

Biological anthropologists (also known as physical anthropologists) study the fossil remains of our human ancestors, the living primates, as well as the adaptation of living humans to different environments. During the course of your studies, you'll gain statistical analysis skills, research capabilities, written and verbal communication skills, and a deeper understanding of what it means to be human.

Career opportunities

​As an Anthropology graduate, you’ll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as the civil service, the non-profit sector, and the business world. A degree in Anthropology can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.

Courses you'll take:

Human Evolution, Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Primate Behaviour, ​Introduction to Primatology and Human Evolution

Admission requirements and information

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Program Highlights

Work experience

Co-operative work placement - Gain valuable full-time paid work experience that alternates with your academic studies.

Hands-on opportunities

Field school - Discipline-specific classes taken in real-world settings, and involving hands-on course work.

Program enhancements

Arts and Science Honours Academy (ASHA) - A six-course interdisciplinary program with a second language aspect and travel components.

Program enhancements

Honours Degree - In-depth study of a specific topic completed under the supervision of a faculty member.

This program has let me explore in a fun, interesting, and inspiring way — including at a primatology field school in Belize. Professors are passionate about their work and dedicated to student success.

Amanda D., anthropology student

Did you know? You can earn two degrees in five years. Learn more about combined degree program options.

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All human beings are interested in human origins and evolution, and our relationship to the rest of the animal kingdom, especially the other primates. This is what biological anthropology is all about, and UCalgary has a world-class team of experts in human and primate biology, evolution and behaviour. These active researchers — real players in the field — are also excellent and enthusiastic teachers offering a comprehensive program. One of the best programs in the country!

Mary P., PhD - Professor

Join our community in fall 2018

We'll be accepting applications to attend the University of Calgary in fall 2018 starting on Sunday, October 1, 2017. You'll be able to submit an application until Thursday, March 1, 2018. Check out our student experience page to find out more about what life is like on campus or consider visiting campus for a tour led by one of our current students.

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Faculty Information

Faculty of Arts
Arts Students' Centre, Social Sciences Building, Room 102
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
403.220.3580