Physical Anthropology is the study of humans as biological entities.
Through the study of modern human variation, adaptation, and evolution
within the context of human culture and behavior, physical anthropologists
enhance our understanding of humans and their place in the world.
The Department's current areas of expertise allow training in the
fields of forensic anthropology, paleopathology,
human osteology, bioarchaeology, human ecology, and medical anthropology
at both the BA and MA levels. Courses and seminars are offered in
the theory of physical anthropology, human evolution, human osteology,
forensic anthropology, human adaptation, and medical anthropology.
Courses relevant to physical anthropology are also offered in other
departments, including biology,
justice, and geography.
The Department recently initiated an agreement with the Los
Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner/Coroner for the
loan of a teaching collection of skeletal materials. In addition,
the Department owns and maintains a collection of fossil casts and
human study skeletons. The Department also stores, for research
purposes, a collection of human radiographs.
The physical anthropology section maintains important links to
the National Museum
of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution and the Los
Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner/Coroner.
The physical anthropology program encourages students to present
the results of their research at professional meetings and to submit
articles for publication in professional journals. In the past students
have also had the opportunity to co-author papers with faculty mentors.
For more information on Physical Anthropology at Cal State Los
Department of Anthropology
California State University, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90032