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Office of Undergraduate Admissions
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Washington, DC 20052
For questions visit undergraduate.admissions.gwu.edu/contact-us.
The following requirements must be fulfilled:
The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.
The following requirements must be fulfilled: 51 credits, including 21 credits in introductory courses and 40 additional credits in required courses for the major.
|Required introductory courses|
|21 credits in introductory courses|
|ANTH 1001||Biological Anthropology|
|ANTH 1002||Sociocultural Anthropology|
|or ANTH 1002W||Sociocultural Anthropology|
|ANTH 1004||Language in Culture and Society|
|BISC 1111||Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules|
|BISC 1112||Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms|
|Additional required courses for the major|
|12 credits in courses selected from the following:|
|ANTH 2406||Human Evolutionary Genetics|
|ANTH 3401||Human Functional Anatomy|
|ANTH 3402||Human Evolutionary Anatomy|
|ANTH 3403||Forensic Anthropology Laboratory|
|ANTH 3404||Human Variation|
|ANTH 3406||Advanced Human Osteology|
|ANTH 3407||Conservation in a Changing World: Human and Animal Behavior|
|ANTH 3408||The Evolution of Human Families|
|ANTH 3409||Evolution of Primate Life Histories|
|ANTH 3412||Hominin Evolution|
|or ANTH 3412W||Hominin Evolution|
|ANTH 3413||Evolution of the Human Brain|
|ANTH 3491||Topics in Biological Anthropology|
|ANTH 3802||Human Cultural Beginnings|
|or ANTH 3802W||Human Cultural Beginnings|
|ANTH 3832||Paleoanthropological Field Program|
|9 credits in biology (BISC) courses numbered 2000 or above, including at least one course from each of the following three categories:|
|BISC 2202||Cell Biology|
|BISC 2208||Genetics Laboratory|
|BISC 2213||Biology of Cancer|
|BISC 2214||Developmental Biology|
|BISC 2220||Developmental Neurobiology|
|BISC 3209||Molecular Biology|
|BISC 3211||Nanobiotechnology Laboratory|
|BISC 3261||Introductory Medical Biochemistry|
|BISC 3262||Biochemistry Laboratory|
|BISC 3263||Special Topics in Biochemistry|
|BISC 2320||Neural Circuits and Behavior|
|BISC 2332||Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy|
|BISC 2333||Evolution and Extinction of Dinosaurs|
|BISC 2334W||Integrative Biology of Fishes|
|BISC 2337||Introductory Microbiology Laboratory|
|or BISC 2337W||Introductory Microbiology|
|BISC 3122||Human Physiology|
|BISC 3320||Human Neurobiology|
|BISC 2581||Human Gross Anatomy|
|BISC 2450||Organic Evolution|
|BISC 2451||History of Life|
|BISC 2452||Animal Behavior|
|BISC 2454||General Ecology|
|BISC 3458||Plant Comparative Structure and Function|
|BISC 3460||Conservation Biology|
|BISC 3461||Plant-Animal Interactions|
|BISC 3462||Plant-Animal Interactions Laboratory|
|BISC 3463||Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics|
|BISC 3464||Ecology and Evolution of Societies|
|One course selected from the following:|
|CHEM 1111||General Chemistry I|
|CHEM 1112||General Chemistry II|
|CHEM 2085||Environmental Chemistry|
|or GEOL 3140||Geochemistry|
|CHEM 3165||Biochemistry I|
|CHEM 3166||Biochemistry II|
|PSYC 2014||Cognitive Psychology|
|PSYC 2015||Biological Psychology|
|PSYC 3112||Psychology of Adolescence|
|BISC 1005||The Biology of Nutrition and Health|
|or BISC 1007||Food, Nutrition, and Service|
|BISC 1006||The Ecology and Evolution of Organisms|
|or BISC 1008||Understanding Organisms through Service Learning|
|GEOL 1001||Physical Geology|
|GEOL 1002||Historical Geology|
|GEOL 1005||Environmental Geology|
|STAT 1127||Statistics for the Biological Sciences|
|6 credits in anthropology (ANTH) courses numbered 2000 and above, excluding courses in the 3400 range, ANTH 3802, and ANTH 3832.|
Note: The major in biological anthropology cannot be pursued in conjunction with the major in anthropology.
In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication (G-PAC) as well as the course CCAS 1001 First-Year Experience. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.
Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:
One course in critical thinking in the humanities.
Two courses in critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, or scientific reasoning in the social sciences.
One course that has an approved oral communication component.
- One course in quantitative reasoning (must be in mathematics or statistics).
- One course in scientific reasoning (must be in natural and/or physical laboratory sciences).
- UW 1020 University Writing (4 credits).
- After successful completion of UW 1020, 6 credits distributed over at least two writing in the discipline (WID) courses taken in separate semesters. WID courses are designated by a "W" appended to the course number.
Coursework for the CCAS G-PAC requirement is distributed as follows:
- Arts—one approved arts course that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
- Global or cross-cultural perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
- Local or civic engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
- Natural or physical science—one additional approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
- Humanities—one additional approved humanities course that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
- CCAS 1001 First-Year Experience
Certain courses are approved to fulfill GPAC requirements in more than one category.
Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC requirements may also be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.
Lists of approved courses in the above categories are included on each undergraduate major's page in this Bulletin.
In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors in anthropology, archaeology, or biological anthropology, a major have a grade-point average of 3.5 or better in courses required for the major, register for 3 credits of ANTH 3995 Undergraduate Research, and write a paper of special distinction arising out of a program of directed reading or research. Students must confer with an advisor before beginning the work.