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Department of Anthropology

Physical Anthropology

Physical or biological anthropology examines human variation and adaptation in both past and present populations. It aims to understand this biological and behavioral variation through a biocultural perspective. It encompasses human skeletal biology, human evolution, anthropological genetics, bioarchaeology, primatology, human variation, human biology, and forensic anthropology. The program here at Chico State emphasizes a broad array of courses focusing on the various sub-topics of physical anthropology, including both method and theory.

The physical anthropology sub-discipline also offers the Certificate in Forensic Identification for Chico State undergraduates interested in careers within the forensic sciences. In addition, the department provides a Master of the Arts degree track associated with physical anthropology. Graduate students in our MA program are provided with a wide-ranging curriculum, as well as many opportunities for hands-on training in the field and in our Human Identification Laboratory.

Labs and Facilities

Human Identification Laboratory

Faculty, Lecturers and Staff

Eric Bartelink, PhD, D-ABFA
Email:  ebartelink@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-4905

Ashley Kendell, PhD, D-ABMDI
Email:  akendell@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-4793

Colleen Milligan, PhD
Email:  cfmilligan@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-6220

Alex Perrone, MA
Email: aperrone1@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-4029

Beth Shook, PhD
Email: bashook@csuchico.edu
Phone: 530-898-5711

P. Willey PhD, D-ABFA