Applied Anthropology and Geography (BA)

Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Major: Applied Anthropology and Geography
Program Code: 3780

About This Major...

The digital humanities and social sciences, an interdisciplinary field that combines technology skills with social science knowledge, is a growing, innovative collaboration of disciplines making its impact nation-wide. Upon graduation, all students will have knowledge of cartography and GIS, as well as physical anthropology and archaeology. GIS is an applied skill that will give the students in the anthropological sub disciplines a niche to set them apart from other anthropology undergraduates. The anthropological disciplines provide students, who focus on GIS, a subject matter with which to hone their GIS skills.

BA-seeking students in this program will learn to think critically and ask theoretically-grounded questions about human lives in the immediate area, the surrounding region, and ultimately, across the western USA, in a program that seamlessly blends the acquisition of academic and professional skills. Furthermore, practical training in archaeological, geographical and forensic anthropological field research allows students to take full advantage of the applied employment opportunities available across the western slope and Colorado Plateau as part of energy extraction, law enforcement and/or civil engineering (for example).

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective communication both orally and in writing by being precise, including factual, well-cited details, organizing facts appropriately, and using non-judgmental language through professional documentation and/or oral presentations.(Communication Fluency)
  2. Demonstrate tools to be life-long learners to include evaluation of information from other students’ research, material found on the internet, and scholarly journal articles. (Critical Thinking Information Literacy)
  3. Demonstrate the ability to create maps in a geographical information system program and do basic spatial analysis. (Specialized Knowledge)
  4. Reflect on and respond to changes in anthropology and geography at various scales – i.e., ethical, social, civic, and/or environmental challenges at local, national, and/or global levels (personal and social responsibility)

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 110Mathematical Investigations-GTMA1 (or higher)3
History
Select one History course3
Humanities
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences
Select one Natural Sciences course with a lab4
Select one Natural Sciences course3
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Other Lower Division Requirements

(7 semester hours)

Wellness Requirements
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
KINA 112Hiking1
or KINA 120 Backpacking
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours7

Foundation Courses

(10 semester hours)

Two consecutive courses in the same foreign language 16
STAT 215Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences4
Total Semester Credit Hours10

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(48 semester hours)

Major Core Courses
ANTH 202Introduction to Anthropology-GTSS33
ANTH 220Principles of Archaeology3
ANTH 231
231L
Survey of Biological Anthropology
and Survey of Biological Anthropology Laboratory
4
ANTH 420
420L
Field Methods in Archaeology
and Field Methods in Archaeology Laboratory
5
GEOG 102Human Geography-GTSS23
GEOG 131Introduction to Cartography3
GEOG 341
341L
GIS for Social Scientists
and GIS for Social Scientists Lab
3
GIST 332
332L
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
3
Applied Anthropology and Geography Electives
Select 15 semester hours from the following:15
Paleoindian Archaeology
Colorado Archaeology: A Geographical Perspective
Forensic Anthropology
Indigenous Cultures of North America
Topics
Cultural Resource Management
Southwest Archaeology
Professional Issues in Forensic Science
Internship
Field Research in Archeology 1
Archaeology Lab Methods
and Archaeology Laboratory 2
Internship
Political Geography
GEOG 399 Internship
Restricted Electives
Select 6 semester hours from the following:6
World Prehistory
North American Archaeology
Death and Forensic Science
and Death and Forensic Science Laboratory
Topics
Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory
Pathophysiology
Human Osteology
and Human Osteology Laboratory
Crime Scene Processing
and Crime Scene Processing Laboratory
World Regional Geography-GTSS2
Introduction to Remote Sensing
and Introduction to Remote Sensing Laboratory
Global Positioning Systems for GIS
and Global Positioning Systems for GIS Laboratory
Material Culture Studies
Classical Archaeology
Total Semester Credit Hours48

General Electives

(All college level courses appearing on your final transcript not listed above that will bring your total semester hours to 120 hours, including 40 upper division hours. 24 semester hours, including 8-14 semester hours of upper division may be needed.)

Select electives24
Total Semester Credit Hours24
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ANTH 202 Introduction to Anthropology-GTSS3 3
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
GEOG 102 Human Geography-GTSS2 3
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
Essential Learning - Natural Sciences w/Lab 4
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
ANTH 220 Principles of Archaeology 3
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
MATH 110 Mathematical Investigations-GTMA1 3
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
Essential Learning - History 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall Semester
ANTH 231
231L
Survey of Biological Anthropology
and Survey of Biological Anthropology Laboratory
4
GEOG 131 Introduction to Cartography 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Foreign Language 3
KINA Activity Course 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring Semester
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
GIST 332
332L
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
3
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
Foreign Language 3
Applied Anthropology and Geography Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall Semester
STAT 215 Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences 4
GEOG 341
341L
GIS for Social Scientists
and GIS for Social Scientists Lab
3
Applied Anthropology and Geography Elective 3
Essential Learning - Natural Sciences 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ANTH 420
420L
Field Methods in Archaeology
and Field Methods in Archaeology Laboratory
5
KINA 112
Hiking
or Backpacking
1
Applied Anthropology and Geography Elective 3
Restricted Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Applied Anthropology and Geography Elective 3
General Electives 9
Restricted Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
Applied Anthropology and Geography Electives 3
General Electives 12
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at http://www.coloradomesa.edu/registrar/graduation.html.

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.