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Office of Undergraduate Admissions
The George Washington University
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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
|or ANTH 1002W
|Language in Culture and Society
|Introductory Biology: Cells and Molecules
|Introductory Biology: The Biology of Organisms
|Additional required courses for the major
|12 credits in courses selected from the following:
|Human Evolutionary Genetics
|Human Functional Anatomy
|Human Evolutionary Anatomy
|Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
|Advanced Human Osteology
|Conservation in a Changing World: Human and Animal Behavior
|The Evolution of Human Families
|Evolution of Primate Life Histories
|or ANTH 3412W
|Evolution of the Human Brain
|Topics in Biological Anthropology
|Human Cultural Beginnings
|or ANTH 3802W
|Human Cultural Beginnings
|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:
|Biology of Cancer
|Introductory Medical Biochemistry
|Special Topics in Biochemistry
|Neural Circuits and Behavior
|Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
|Evolution and Extinction of Dinosaurs
|Integrative Biology of Fishes
|Introductory Microbiology Laboratory
|or BISC 2337W
|Human Gross Anatomy
|History of Life
|Plant Comparative Structure and Function
|Plant-Animal Interactions Laboratory
|Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics
|Ecology and Evolution of Societies
|One course selected from the following:
|General Chemistry I
|General Chemistry II
|or GEOL 3140
|Psychology of Adolescence
|The Biology of Nutrition and Health
|or BISC 1007
|Food, Nutrition, and Service
|The Ecology and Evolution of Organisms
|or BISC 1008
|Understanding Organisms through Service Learning
|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.