Focus in Biological Anthropology


What is Biological Anthropology?

Biological Anthropology deals with the evolution of humans and primates, our closest relatives, their variability and how they have adapted to different environments. One of the major characteristics of Biological Anthropology is its strong evolutionary perspective. There are different areas of focus within biological anthropology.

  • Paleanthropology (study of fossils within the human lineage)
  • Primatology (study of primates)
  • Skeletal biology (study of the anatomy of modern humans)
  • Human biology (study growth and development, human physiology)
  • Molecular Anthropology (using molecular evidence to understand human evolution)

Career areas include:

  • Health sector (Hospitals, public health agencies)
  • Government agencies
  • Private industries
  • Independent consulting
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Journalism
  • Zoos
  • Academia
  • Museums

"...the socio-cultural and biological anthropology courses I took helped give me a greater understanding of forensic science that helped me during my masters."
Monique Johnson: Research Technologist at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Biological anthropology deals with the diversity and evolution of human beings and their living and fossil relatives, and how they have adapted to their environments.

Topics covered in ANT202H5 include:

  • Basic concepts of human genetics and Mendelian inheritance
  • Biological and evolutionary factors that have produced the fascinating diversity observed in human populations
  • Different ways in which humans have adapted to their environments

Virtual Showcase Information Session: A brief overview of Biological Anthropology at UTM presented by Dr. Steven Dorland (3:29)


    Undergraduate programs

    UTM undergraduate students who focus in Biological 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 Specialties

    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