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B.A. in Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species (EBHS)

The undergraduate major in EBHS provides students with a foundation in the interrelated spheres of behavior, ecology, genetics, evolution, morphology, patterns of growth, adaptation and forensics. Using the framework of evolution and with attention to the interplay between biology and culture, research in these areas is applied to our own species and to our closest relatives to understand who we are and where we came from. This integrated biological study of the human species is also known as biological anthropology.

As an interdisciplinary major students are also encouraged to draw on courses in related fields including biology, anthropology, geology and psychology as part of their studies.Students whose main academic focus is elsewhere but who are interested in this subject can complete a concentration.

The Major Advisor for Studies in Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species is Jill Shapiro.

Program Requirements

Requirements for Major  |   Requirements for Concentration

Major Requirements:

36 points distributed as described below. Students must take a minimum of 20 points from EEEB or ANEB biological anthropology courses. Other points may be taken either within or outside of EEEB with advisor approval.

I. Relation to Columbia University Core Curriculum

The required introductory courses (Human Species and the Behavioral Biology of Living Primates) count toward the science requirement in the College and GS as do many of the 3000-level courses.

II. Required Courses

Introductory Level
EEEB W1010 The Human Species: Its Place in Nature
EEEB W1011 Behavioral Biology of Living Primates
* Note: Students who have taken Environmental Biology II (EEEB W2002) should register for the 3000-level of this course, (EEEB W3011). Students with other background coursework or experience in organismal biology may also consider enrolling in the three-thousand level of this course. In W3011, you attend the same lectures but there are different assignments. This course requires instructor's permission, and all students should consult Prof. Cords (mc51@columbia.edu) before enrolling.

Advanced Level
EEEB W3087 Conservation Biology
Alternatively, students may participate in SEE-U in Brazil, Jordan or India in fulfillment of this course requirement.

Theoretical Foundation from Related Fields (1 from each subset)

A. Cultural Anthropology
    ANTH V1002 The Interpretation of Culture
    ANTH V2004 Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
    ANTH V3041Theories of Culture: Past and Present

B. Archeology
    ANTH V1007 Origins of Human Society
    ACLG V2028 Introduction to 21st Century Archeology
    ANTH V3280 or ARCH W4001 Archeological Theory and Method

III. Breadth Requirement

(9 points, minimally one from each section, can overlap seminar requirement)

A. Genetics/Human Variation
Population Genetics (EEEB W4020), Genetics (BIOL W3031/W3032 or BIOL BC3200), Biological Basis of Human Variation (ANEB V3970), Race: The Tangled History of a Biological Concept (EEEB W4700)

B. Primate Behavioral Biology and Ecology
Current Controversies in Primate Behavior and Ecology (EEEB W3940), Animal Behavior (BIOL BC3280), Animal Behavior (PSYC C2420), Behavioral Neuroscience (PSYC BC1119),
[“Apes” EEEB W3030 may be applied here if needed]

C. Human Evolution/Morphology
Human Skeletal Biology (ANEB G4147, G4148), Explorations in Primate Anatomy (EEEB W3208), Fossil Evidence for Human Evolution (ANEB W4200), Dynamics of Human Evolution (ANEB 3204), The Biology, Systematics and Evolutionary History of "The Apes" (EEEB W3030), Vertebrate Zoology (BIOL BC3260), Animal Structure and Function (BIOL W3002), Physiology (BIOL 3006), Forensic Osteology (EEEB 3215), Controversial Topics in Human Evolution (ANEB G4002) any of the BME Anatomy Courses.

IV. At least one seminar

Current Controversies in Primate Behavior, Dynamics of Human Evolution, Controversial Topics in Human Evolution, Biological Basis of Human Variation

May overlap breadth requirement.

It is strongly suggested that students intending to pursue graduate study in this field broaden their foundation by taking an introductory biology course (optimally Environmental Biology I), a 3000-level genetics course and a quantitative methods course. The advisor will make additional recommendations dependent on the student’s area of focus.

Concentration Requirements:

20 points including the required courses and three courses for the biological anthropology breadth distribution requirements. Students must take a minimum of 15 points from EEEB or ANEB biological anthropology courses. Other points may be taken either within or outside of EEEB with approval of the advisor.

Biological Anthropology Courses Offered within EEEB & Anthropology
The 20 point requirement within biological anthropology for the major/15 point requirement for the concentration, must be selected from the following:

Paleoanthropology & Morphology
EEEB W1010 The Human Species: Its Place in Nature
EEEB W3204 Dynamics of Human Evolution (seminar)
EEEB W3208 Explorations in Primate Anatomy
EEEB W3215 Forensic Osteology
ANEB G4002 Controversial Topics in Human Evol.
ANEB G4146 The Human Brain Evolving
ANEB G4147 Human Skeletal Biology I (skull)
ANEB G4148 Human Skeletal Biology II (postcranial bones)
ANEB W4200 Fossil Evidence of Human Evolution

Primate Behavioral Ecology & Evolution
EEEB W1011 Behavioral Biology of Living Primates
EEEB W3940 Current Controversies in Primate Behavior and Ecology (seminar)
EEEB W3030 The Biology, Systematics and Evolutionary History of "The Apes"

Human Variation
EEEB W4020 Population Genetics
ANEB V3970 Biological Basis of Human Variation (seminar)
EEEB W4700 Race: Tangled History of a Biological Concept

ANEB 4001 Data Analysis in Physical Anthropology

Senior Thesis
Senior Thesis (EEEB W3993-3994) is a year-long course in which EBHS majors develop a research project and write a senior thesis. A thesis is not required for the major though all who are interested in taking on this challenge are encouraged to do so.

Sample program
Those interested in focusing on paleoanthropology would complement the requirements with courses focusing on the specifics of human evolution and morphology (dynamics of human evolution, fossil evidence, human skeletal biology I&II), evolutionary biology and theory (introduction to evolutionary biology, philosophy and history of evolutionary biology, extinction science), geology, systematics and statistics.

Courses from Related Spheres
Please speak with the major advisor about the extended list of courses from related spheres including Archeology, Anthropology, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Earth and Environmental Science and Psychology that may be acceptable for the major/concentration.

Summary of Requirements:
Total ponts required for graduation: 124
Total points required for major: 36
Total points required for concentration: 20

EBHS Undergradaute Research:

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