Bakersfield College


Anthropology Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer

The Associate of Arts in Anthropology Degree for Transfer is designed to provide students a clear pathway to the CSU anthropology major and completion of the anthropology baccalaureate degree, to grant guaranteed admission to a CSU to a similar major, with junior standing, and the ability to complete their remaining requirements within 60 semester or 90 quarter units.

Anthropology is the scientific study of humanity, examining human biology and culture today and in the past; and biological and cultural change through time. Students with an Anthropology major concentrate in one of the following areas: cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, biological/physical anthropology or archaeology. The major in anthropology prepares students for a variety of research/academic positions (e.g. museums, colleges and universities, zoos); and non-academic/research positions (e.g. in business, medicine, cultural resource management, government and NGO’s).The objective of this program is to prepare students for transfer to a four-year university. Anthropology’s emphasis on research skills, organizational skills, critical thinking, technical writing, project management and use of a holistic perspective make it an excellent undergraduate major for a variety of fields and graduate programs.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the biocultural nature of humanity through application of the core concepts, methods, and theories, in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology to explanations of human diversity.
  • describe the origins and history of the discipline of American anthropology; its unique perspectives and approaches to the study of humanity; its ethical challenges; its dual nature as the humanistic/scientific study of humanity; and its uses and value in today’s world.
  • critically evaluate information about human societies and origins without reliance on taken-for-granted assumptions, using a combination of skills, including the scientific method, qualitative social analysis, and reflective writing.

Requirements for all AA-T and AS-T Degrees:

The completion of 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

  • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University – Breadth Requirements.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in a major area of emphasis, as determined by the District.
  • The obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • The completion of all courses required for the major with a ‘C’ or better. ‘P’ (Pass) grade is not acceptable for courses in the major.

Total Units: 19-20

Required Courses

Course # Name Units
ANTH B1 Physical Anthropology 3.0
ANTH B2 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3.0
ANTH B3 Introduction to Archeology 3.0

List A - Select 3-4 Units from the following:

Course # Name Units
ANTH B5 North American Indians 3.0
PSYC B5 Elementary Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4.0

List B - Select 4 Units from the following:

Course # Name Units
PSYC B6 Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4.0
GEOL B10 Introduction to Geology 3.0
GEOL B10L Introduction to Geology Laboratory 1.0
ERSC B10 Introduction to Earth Science 3.0
ERSC B10L Introduction to Earth Science Laboratory 1.0

List C - Select 3 Units from the following:

Course # Name Units
ART B1 Art Appreciation 3.0
GEOG B2 Human Geography 3.0
MUSC B24 A Survey of World Music 3.0
PHIL B37 Introduction to Word Religions 3.0
Category Unit
Units in Major 19.0-20.0
Degree Total 60.0