Biological Anthropology

Have you ever wondered why people from different parts of the world have different hair colors, skin colors, and body types? Do you want to know how scientists use the fossil record to learn about our past? Are you curious about the lives of apes, monkeys, or lemurs?

All of these topics and more are studied by biological (or physical) anthropologists. Biological anthropologists are scientists who study humans as a biological species, in the same way that botanists study plants and zoologists study animals. Many biological anthropologists have training and experience in other sciences such as anatomy, geology, or zoology.

Explore this online exhibition about race and racism to find out what anthropology can teach us about who we are.

I’m interested! What should I do?

Talk to your anthropology advisor to discuss your interest. As an anthropology major at UALR, you are required to take the introductory course in this area, ANTH 1415 (Physical Anthropology). After you have completed this course, you can register for upper level courses in biological anthropology such as Forensic Anthropology, Primatology, Race and Human Variation, and Human Paleontology.

If you are interested in biological anthropology, talk to Dr. Kathryn King (kaking@ualr.edu).