Forensic Anthropology

Information for students interested in a forensic anthropology minor.

Required Courses ~ Elective Courses

Forensic Anthropology is the application of the methods and techniques of biological anthropology and archaeology to legal cases.  Osteological analysis provide information as to how an individual or population lived, how old they were when they died, their sex, their state of health and the types of trauma they may have experienced related to violence, occupation and climate.  Forensic anthropologists are also trained to identify human remains in cases of mass murders, genocide, wars, environmental disasters, homicide, suicide and accidental death.  A minor in Forensic Anthropology will allow students to pursue the beginnings of a specialization in this field, preparing them for potential graduate work or entry into the profession.  Furthermore, a minor in Forensic Anthropology complements a major in Justice Administration, Biology or Chemistry.

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For advising please contact: Dr. Christopher Tillquist, Lutz Hall, Room 242 (502) 852-2422

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Forensic Anthropology Minor Requirements

  • Required Courses
    • ANTH 202, 204, 327, 410 -- 12 Credit Hours
    • CHEM 201 or BIO 260/383 -- 3 Credit Hours
  • Electives
    • ANTH 350, 377, 401, OR 510, JA 355, 425, PSYC 383 -- 6 Credit Hours

Required Course Descriptions

  • ANTH 202 Introduction to Biological Anthropology: An examination of human biological evolution and biodiversity in the light of data from biological anthropology.  This course is taught every semester.
  • ANTH 204 Introduction to Archaeology (SBCD1): An introduction to archaeological problems, methods, and interpretations.  This course is taught every semester.
  • ANTH 327 Fundamentals of Skeletal Forensics: The use of evidence to determine specific information about a deceased individual.  Emphasis is on determination of age, sex, race, stature, and pathologies to determine identification.  This course is taught every fall semester.
  • ANTH 410 Skeletal Forensics: Details recovery methods, the use of anthropomorphic and metric traits to estimate race, age, sex and stature.  Various forms of trauma and postmortem changes to bone are highlighted.  Specific aspects of individualization and positive identification are assessed.  Report preparation and court testimony are discussed.  Prerequisite: ANTH 327.  This course is taught every spring semester.
  • CHEM 201 General Chemistry: An introduction to the basic concepts and principles of modern chemistry.  Special emphasis on chemical periodicity, stoichiometry, equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, atomic and molecular structure, and descriptive chemistry of the elements.  Prerequisites: An ACT score of 25 or higher in mathematics or completion of MATH 111 or EAC 100; completion of one year of high school chemistry is also recommendedConsult the Chemistry Department for when this course will be next taught.
  • BIOL 260 Human Anatomy & Physiology: A general introduction to structure and function of the human body.  Basic concepts related to anatomical terminology, cells, tissues, integument, the skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocriine systems are covered.  Interrelationships of organ systems are also emphasized.  Note: this course is intended for students majoring in nursing or dental hygiene.  Does not count toward a biology major.  Prerequisites: BIOL 102 or equivalent and completion of CHEM 105 or 101 with the grade of C or betterConsult the Biology Department for when this course will be next taught.
  • BIOL 360 Human Anatomy and Physiology for Non-Biology Majors: Form and function of the human body.  Does not count toward biology major.  Prerequisites: BIOL 102 and BIOL 104 or BIOL 240 and BIOL 241, or equivalentConsult the Biology Department for when this course will be next taught.

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Recommended Elective Courses

  • ANTH 350 Pestilence and Plagues: An Introduction to Epidemiology
  • ANTH 377 Field Methods in Archaeology
  • ANTH 401 Cooperative Internship in Anthropology
  • ANTH 510 Methods in Biological Anthropology
  • JA 355 Criminalistics
  • JA 425 Profiling Violent Crimes
  • PSYCH 383 Forensic Psychology

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