Biological Anthropology

Kent State University’s Biological Anthropology Program is internationally known as a center of excellence in research and doctoral training in this disciplinary area.

This program enrolls a small and highly select number of doctoral students interested in research in biological anthropology. The program emphasizes a biological approach to research problems focusing on both human and non-human anthropology. Our faculty and facilities are outstanding and provide access to state-of-the-art facilities for young scientists interested in research careers in Biological Anthropology.

The Biological Anthropology Program

The Biological Anthropology Program offers research training in a wide variety of specializations including: 

  • ancient skeletonhuman and primate paleontology
  • dental anthropology
  • human and primate gross anatomy and osteology
  • palaeodemography and biological demography
  • skeletal biomechanics
  • primate behavior and ecology
  • cognate areas of basic biology and human structure

The course of instruction in the Biological Anthropology Program strongly emphasizes basic human anatomy, developmental biology, mammalian physiology and paleontology. In general, most graduates are prepared to teach both human  anatomy and another cognate field in demand at most medical schools such as neuroanatomy, cell biology, and physiology. Because of this, our Biological Anthropology students normally face attractive postgraduate training and teaching options. Many graduates also use their training and teaching experience to enter regular anthropology or corporate research positions.

Resources for the Biological Anthropology Program

Biological Anthropology faculty are drawn from the Departments of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Kent State, the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Northeast Ohio Medical University and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Akron. This interdepartmental and inter-institutional structure structure allows there to be significant resources available to doctoral candidates. Some of these resources include: 

  • state-of-the-art laboratories for physical anthropology and paleontology
  • an in-house computer facility
  • the Hammonn-Todd human and primate skeletal collection
  • biomechanics research facilities and laboratories for the reproductive physiology and endocrinology of extant primate species

Additional resources and collections for the Biological Anthropology Program are available to students and graduate faculty through collaborators at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Metro Parks Zoological Center. In addition, field training is available in South America for primate ecology and behavior.

Admission to the Biological Anthropology Program

Applicants for admission to the Biological Anthropology Program:

  • should hold an M.A or an M.S. in Anthropology or one of the Biological Science disciplines
  • must have completed two years of college chemistry (including organic chemistry), one year of college biology (including genetics), and at least one course in college mathematics, statistics or computer science.

Admission to the Biological Anthropology Program is based on a review of a candidate's academic record, the general GRE exam score, and the recommendation of the faculty in Biological Anthropology. We encourage students to contact faculty to discuss the program and their research interests. Additional information and an application can be obtained by contacting the Director of the School of Biomedical Sciences.

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