Focus in Biological Anthropology


What is Biological Anthropology?

Biolgocial Anthropology is the study of human biology and how it relates to cultural and physical environments. It is one of the four traditional subfields of Anthropology. Students may also choose to select courses with a focus on the Anthropology of Health.

Biological Anthropology is grounded in two major themes:

  1. human evolution, and
  2. human biosocial variation.

Within these two underlying themes, biological anthropologists can study a broad range of topics, including:

  • primate evolution and behaviour
  • paleoanthropology (the study of fossils relevant to the evolution of modern humans)
  • nutrition, growth and development
  • health
  • genetics
  • adaptation to the environment

Career Paths

Biological anthropologists can work in a broad range of occupations, such as:

  • government agencies
  • non-profit organizations
  • forensics
  • public health and medicine
  • consulting
  • academia
  • museums
  • zoos
  • and more

Undergraduate programs

UTM undergraduate students who focus in Biologcial Anthropology normally enrol in one of the following programs:

  • Specialist Program in Anthropology (Science) ERSPE0105
  • Major Program in Anthropology (Science) ERMAJ0105

Learn more about Anthropology programs at UTM.

Undergraduate courses

Most of our recommended upper-level courses for a focus in Biological Anthropology are Anthropology Science (SCI) credits.

Learn more about course selection for Anthropology programs at UTM.

Teaching and Research Specialites

At UTM, our faculty teaching and research specialties in Biological Anthropology include:

  • molecular anthropology and genetics
  • health
  • human osteology
  • paleoanthropology
  • evolutionary anthropology
  • ​forensics

Regions of interest include:

  • Americas
  • East Africa
  • East Asia
  • Europe
  • Northern Canada
  • South Africa
  • South Asia