Program Description

The Occupational Skills Certificate in Archaeological Fieldwork prepares students for entry-level work in cultural resource management. The program provides opportunities for students to actively engage in archaeological research in both a field and laboratory setting. Courses are designed to introduce students to a diverse range of professional skills, including survey and excavation techniques, mapping and documentation, and artifact identification, processing and analysis.

An Occupational Skills Certificate is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Employ archaeological survey, mapping, and excavation techniques in an active fieldwork setting.
  2. Distinguish between the various attributes used to identify archaeological sites, features, and artifact forms.
  3. Examine basic methodologies and techniques used in the processing and analysis of artifacts.
  4. Assess the legal, operational, and ethical issues guiding archaeological research, cultural resource management, and heritage preservation.

Requirements for the Occupational Skills Certificate

Required Units: 17

Required Courses

  • ANTH 001 - Physical Anthropology (3)
      or ANTH 001H - Honors Physical Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 002 - Cultural Anthropology (3)
    or ANTH 002H - Honors Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 003 - Introduction to Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH 007 - Archaeological Artifact Analysis (3)
  • ANTH 040 - Applications of Archaeological Field Work (2)

Required Electives
Lab requirement (select either GEOG course or ANTH courses)

  • GEOG 011 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Techniques with lab (3)
  • ANTH 140 - Advanced Applications of Archaeological Field Work (2)
  • ANTH 001L - Laboratory in Physical Anthropology (1)

Recommended electives:

  • ANTH 001L - Laboratory in Physical Anthropology (1)
  • ANTH 006 - Origins of Civilization (3)
  • ANTH 012 - American Indian Cultures (3)
  • ANTH 140 - Advanced Applications of Archaeological Field Work (2)
  • BIOL 002 - Animal Biology (4)
  • BIOL 030 - Field Botany (4)
  • GEOG 011 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Techniques, with Lab (3)

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