Anthropological Science


Anthropology is the study of humankind (both past and present), in terms of its biology, culture and diversity.

With the development of new scientific methods and technologies, many practising bio-anthropologists and archaeologists find they need expertise in science fields to be really effective problem-solvers.

These methods include the analysis of DNA and ancient DNA, C-14 dating, stable isotope research, metallurgy, the anlysis of live and fossil spores, the annual rings of trees, pollen grains, and human and animal remains as well as the behavioural observation of humans and primates.

If you are interested in applying more science to your studies in archaeology and biological anthropology, this is the subject for you.

Areas of Study

This major will give you the chance to apply more science to your studies in archaeology and biological anthropology. It enables you to include other sciences such as Biological Science, Environmental Science, Earth Sciences, or Geography in your degree.

You can study Anthropological Science in the following programmes:

What you will learn

Anthropology can develop skills in communication and analysis, as well as an awareness of culture, ethnicity and society.

Career opportunities

This programme will integrate studies in archaeology and biological anthropology with science disciplines to produce graduates who are able to work or undertake graduate study in the fields which require dual understandings.

Potential careers include:

  • Archaeological consultancy or for groups like Heritiage NZ
  • Health and nutrition research
  • Work in museums
  • Environmental consultancy and mining

More information

For more information see Anthropological Science.