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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Physical Anthropology

The University of Texas at Austin Anthropology department offers a strong program of graduate study in physical anthropology at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels. Students in either degree program must satisfy the general departmental requirements.

The central focus of the physical anthropology program at UT Austin is the study of primate behavior, morphology and evolution. Through a combination of coursework and research projects, students are broadly trained in primate anatomy, behavior, ecology, paleontology, paleoecology, and systematics.


Students may enroll in a variety of courses both within and outside the department. Physical anthropology courses currently offered in the anthropology department include:

  • Analysis of Primate Behavior
  • Anatomy and Biology of the Human Skeleton
  • Gender and Nonhuman Primates
  • Hominid Paleoecology
  • Human Evolution
  • Introduction to Graduate Physical Anthropology
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Paleomagnetism and Chronostratigraphy
  • Primate Anatomy and Functional Morphology
  • Primate Ecology
  • Primate Evolution
  • Primate Sensory Ecology
  • Primate Social Behavior
  • Comparative Primate Ecology
  • Methods in Primate Biology

Related courses offered in other departments include:

  • Basic Ecology
  • Biomechanics and Vertebrate Functional Morphology
  • Biomechanics Laboratory
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Biostatistics
  • Evolution
  • Evolutionary Ecology
  • Paleoecology
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Sedimentology
  • Statistics - Zoological Applications
  • Vertebrate Morphology
  • Vertebrate Paleontology
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