Doctor of Philosophy in the Field of Human Paleobiology

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

The requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy program.

72 credits.

Recommended Preparatory Courses

Advanced undergraduate courses in biology, including courses in evolution and any two of the following: genetics, developmental biology/embryology, anatomy, physiology, ethology, ecology, and paleontology. GW courses that correspond to these subjects are:
BISC 2207Genetics
BISC 2208Genetics Laboratory
BISC 2214Developmental Biology
BISC 2322Human Physiology
BISC 2332Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BISC 2450Organic Evolution
BISC 2451History of Life
BISC 2452Animal Behavior
BISC 2454General Ecology
Advanced undergraduate courses in anthropology, including courses in any two of the following: osteology, human biology, paleoanthropology, primatology, and Paleolithic archaeology corresponding to:
ANTH 3832Paleoanthropological Field Program
ANTH 3401Human Functional Anatomy
ANTH 3402Human Evolutionary Anatomy
ANTH 3403Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
ANTH 3404Human Variation
ANTH 3412Hominin Evolution
ANTH 3411Primatology
ANTH 3491Topics in Biological Anthropology
ANTH 3801African Roots from Australopithecus to Zimbabwe
ANTH 3802Human Cultural Beginnings
One course in statistics corresponding to:
STAT 1127Statistics for the Biological Sciences
One course in mathematics, including precalculus, corresponding to:
MATH 1220Calculus with Precalculus I
MATH 1221Calculus with Precalculus II
Advanced undergraduate courses in one or more of the following subjects: chemistry, biochemistry, physics, geoscience, and calculus

 Doctoral Program

The following requirements must be fulfilled: a minimum of 48 credits in a program developed in consultation with the advisor.
HOMP 6201Hominid Paleobiology
HOMP 6202Lab Techniques: Paleoanthropology
HOMP 6203Ethics and Professional Practice I
HOMP 8301Problem-Based Learning Seminar
HOMP 8302Public Undrstand Of Scie Intrn
HOMP 8303Paleobiology Lab Rotation
ANTH 6801Paleolithic Archaeology
HOMP 8999Dissertation Research
Additional requirements
One course from each of the areas below. These additional requirements can be fulfilled by any number of different courses, chosen in consultation with the advisor. One exemption is allowed depending upon prior education. The most common courses taken by Human Paleobiology students are listed below.
Genetics of molecular evolution core
ANTH 6407Anthropological Genetics
BISC 6225Molecular Phylogenetics
BISC 6228Population Genetics
BISC 6230Human Genetics
BISC 6251Evolutionary Developmental Biology
Geoscience of vertebrate paleontology core
BISC 6215Vertebrate Phylogeny
GEOL 3126Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Animal behavior or ecology core
ANTH 6404The Evolution of Primate Life Histories
BISC 6206Current Topics in Evolutionary Ecology
Statistical methods core
ANTH 6413Analytical Methods in Human Evolutionary Studies
The remainder of credits are selected from among various interdisciplinary courses, including but not limited to the following:
ANAT 6212Neurobiology
ANTH 2406Human Evolutionary Genetics
ANTH 3411Primatology
ANTH 3401Human Functional Anatomy
ANTH 3404Human Variation
ANTH 3406Advanced Human Osteology
ANTH 3408The Evolution of Human Families
ANTH 3411Primatology
ANTH 3413Evolution of the Human Brain
ANTH 3801African Roots from Australopithecus to Zimbabwe
ANTH 3802Human Cultural Beginnings
ANTH 6406Human Genetic Variation
ANTH 6412Paleoanthropology
ANTH 6491Topics in Biological Anthropology
BISC 2214Developmental Biology
BISC 2332Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BISC 6210Methods of Study of Evolution
BISC 6216Morphological Systematics
BISC 6228Population Genetics
BISC 6230Human Genetics
BISC 6249Seminar: Developmental Biology
GEOL 3140Geochemistry

For detailed requirements, consult the chair of the program committee.