Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Biological anthropologists (also known as physical anthropologists) study the fossil remains of our human ancestors, the living primates, as well as the adaptation of living humans to different environments. Students investigate the origins of our species, variation and adaptation in modern human populations, and the behaviour and ecology of other primate species.
We offer a wide range of courses on primate behavior, evolution, ecology, cognition, and conservation that is one of the best in Canada. The department has a laboratory with casts of fossils from the earliest primates through to modern humans.
Our department offers a rigorous and comprehensive training and research program for undergraduates and graduates alike. Through field schools and faculty-driven or independent projects, students are encouraged to engage in research and gain valuable experiences outside of the classroom setting. We practice a methodology that includes long-term field research with primates living in the wild, where we engage in direct observation. Our commitment to long-term engagement with populations, closely related primate species and environments, is a hallmark of our understanding of the contemporary world and the forces that have created it.
Field schools are a great way to gain hands-on experience and see your degree in action. The department regularly offers field schools that can count towards your degree. Field schools offered by other institutions can sometimes be credited towards your program. Students considering this option must consult with the undergraduate advisor before enrolling. > Learn more
Our graduates from the biological anthropology stream have worked in forensic sciences, health sciences, epidemiology, museums of natural history, and zoological gardens, among other careers. > Browse helpful links