Program of Study


Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer

Required Courses 

Dept. /No. –  Title –  Units
3BI-005 Molecular and Cellular Biology
BI-006 Biology of Organisms
BI-004 Elements of Biology with
BI-004L Elements of Biology Lab – 4-5

CH-001A General Chemistry
CH-003 Introductory General Chemistry – 4-5

G-001 Physical Geology
G-005 Environmental Geology
G-010 The Earth Sciences – 4
MATH-001A Calculus – 4

PH-001 Introductory Physics
PH-004A Engineering Physics – 4-4.5

Restricted Electives – choose twenty-six to twenty-seven (26-27) units from the following:

(Select courses as required by the transfer university. Check with and your advisor for more details as you begin the program.)
ANTH-001, BI-005, BI-006, BI-048A-C, CH-001A, CH-001B, GEOG-001, GEOG-048A-C, MATH-001B, NR-001, PH-004A, PH-004B.

Required Courses – 20-22.5
Restricted Electives – 26-27
CSU or IGETC General Ed. Requirement (confer with advisor) – 16-18
Advisor: B. Bridenbecker

Anthropology Overview


Instruction in the Social Sciences at Copper Mountain College includes the following subject areas: Anthropology, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science (General), and Sociology. Students who choose one of these areas of emphases are usually preparing to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete their major. Once a student has decided upon an area of emphasis, he or she should confer with the appropriate advisor in planning a course of study. Students seeking the Bachelor’s Degree are encouraged to consider and select their transfer university as early as possible to facilitate coordination of graduation requirements for the A.A. and B.A. degrees.

Program Overivew

The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer degree provides a study of humankind around the world and throughout time, with the goal of understanding our evolutionary origins, our biological distinction as a species, and our diverse manifestations of culture. As such, it has the broadest scope of any of the social sciences. The Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer degree includes basic introductory courses in cultural and physical anthropology as well as archaeology and aids in the seamless transfer to a California State
University for completion of a baccalaureate degree in Anthropology or a similar major. In addition to helping students meet general education and core requirements for transfer to an upper-level anthropology program, these courses are designed to help students understand the structure, processes, and functions of culture, the key theoretical approaches and insights that inform anthropology, and the role of anthropological theory and research methods in understanding cultures and societies. Further, a degree in anthropology provides the student with basic skills in critical analysis, application of the scientific method, and cross-cultural understanding.

With the goal of understanding people in all parts of the world, anthropology is useful to anyone living or working in a multicultural
environment, such as the business world, health sciences, or any other profession which involves working with people from diverse
backgrounds. The courses within this department are designed to provide students with survival skills for the global community in which
we live, a community in which all of the world’s people are interdependent. Anthropologists with graduate degrees work in archaeological
excavation, exploration, and museum management to the analysis of cultures, linguistics, forensics, primatology, teaching, and consulting
with governmental and educational institutions.

This Associate in Arts in Anthropology for Transfer includes the following completion requirements:
(1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both
of the following:

(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.
(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
(3) A grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” grade is not an acceptable grade for
courses in the major.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program students will be able to:

  1. Collect, analyze, and interpret data using scientific methods and relevant theories as applied to the biological and cultural evolution of humans. (Institutional SLOs: Critical Thinking and Information Competency)
  2. Utilize the precise and objective analysis of relevant data in formulating scientifi c generalizations to resolve problems associated with culture. (Institutional SLOs: Critical Thinking)
  3. Communicate a respect for diversity in the evaluation of the nature and origins of culture as formed in various geographic environments. (Institutional SLOs: Communication, Ethics, and Personal Development)

Students must complete the required courses for their major. General education units, transferable electives, and total degree units will vary for each student.  Some considerations include the courses (and their respective units) chosen to complete a general education area or transferable elective, and if required courses  for your major also count toward a general education area. Please see your academic counselor to help you reach your educational goals.