The department offers a stand-alone M.A. only to students interested in Human Skeletal Biology. Students take a total of 36 points of course work for the M.A. degree. Departmental Seminar, ANTH-GA 1000, is the only required course for the M.A. The Human Skeletal Biology track prepares graduates to apply the principles and techniques of skeletal biology and genetic research in biological anthropology to a variety of contexts, including those in the forensic sciences (e.g., medical examiner’s office, coroner’s office, armed forces, criminal justice, law enforcement, mass disasters). HSB also provides useful training for students who are preparing for admission to doctoral programs in skeletal biology and human evolution. Prospective students should hold a B.A. or B.S., preferably with an emphasis in anthropology, biology, or the natural sciences. Students generally take the following courses or their equivalents: (1) Human Osteology, ANTH-GA 1516, (2) Interpreting Human Skeletal Morphology, ANTH-GA 1520, and (3) Biological Variation Among Human Populations, ANTH-GA 1517 or Human Genetics and Biology, ANTH-GA 1525. In addition, students usually take an approved statistics course and at least one field training or internship course.