Biological Anthropology Major Entrance Requirements: The student must complete one year of full-time study (24 credits minimum) or 32 credits as a part-time student.
General Advising Information: PDF documents specific to this program are provided below. The full course catalog, policies, textbook information, and other resources are available from the
Office of the Registrar.
For additional advising information, contact your academic advisor or visit the
advising page on myWLC (log-in required). Course offerings are subject to change due to staffing, curriculum changes, or course enrollment numbers.
Wisconsin Lutheran College anthropologists study the whole of human biology and culture, applying the scientific and mathematical principles of modern academia to the study of language, social practice, biology, and culture history across a variety of social and natural landscapes. The work of anthropologists at WLC is designed to promote awareness regarding variations in human ethnicity and biology, celebrating the diverse nature of the created world.
Applied anthropologists pair the basic frame of reference assigned to American Anthropology with current topics. Whether it is the study and conservation of non-human primates or pioneering new approaches toward local sustainability in rural China, students assigned to this applied track of the major attempt to devise a practical application for their knowledge with the hopes of organizing their experiences into a future career.
Students interested in bioarchaeology study the physiological and anatomical qualities of the adaptive success story of genus Homo. Course offerings and undergraduate research projects are organized around the notion of survival and reproductive success. Often, the methodological principles of paleodemography and archaeology are applied to mortuary communities across a variety of timelines.
Forensic science is an important part of biological anthropology. Many of the concepts and techniques utilized by criminologists, forensic psychologists, and coroners have been drawn from the research of American Archaeologists and Anthropologists. Students interested in pursuing a graduate career in forensic science are challenged to apply current research in archaeology and biological anthropology with laboratory techniques designed around the work of toxicologists, forensic technicians, dissection specialists, and crime scene investigators.