Biological Anthropology Graduate Degree Program


Website: Biological Anthropology Graduate Degree Program's website

Phone: 608-262-2869

5240 Social Science Building
1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706


Within the doctoral program, students are expected to seek additional training in areas relating to the field of concentration; in most cases, such related subjects may be taken as the required minor program. The biological anthropologist is expected to take work in comparative anatomy, human anatomy, genetics, and other biological sciences.

The department has major laboratories for biological anthropology and archaeology, and collaborates with the Center for Climatic Research. The archaeology laboratories maintain comparative collections; microscopes; a thin-section lab; a lab of archaeological chemistry; computerized drafting equipment; and modern drafting, computing, and analytical equipment for research and teaching. Facilities for training and research in biological anthropology include well-equipped laboratories for human and nonhuman primate skeletal biology, wet lab facilities, and computational laboratory with 3D printing and morphometrics, in addition to two large teaching laboratories.


A limited number of teaching, research, and project assistantships are available annually, with occasional special research work for qualified individuals in both laboratory and field situations.


All students must submit as part of their application to the Graduate School their transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a supplemental application that identifies faculty you are interested in working with. The GRE is not required, but may be submitted.