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Forensic Anthropology

Bachelor of Science in Anthropology (Forensics Concentration)

The Department of Sociology & Anthropology is proud to offer a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology with a Forensic concentration. This degree is the first bachelor-level Forensic Anthropology concentration in Kansas. Our majors will take classes, and get hands-on training, in our new lab in the state-of-the-art Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center on Washburn’s campus. They will also collaborate with faculty and students in the other forensic programs such as chemistry, biology, criminal justice, and computer science. Students may even have the opportunity to intern with KBI forensic scientists at the new facility.

Forensic anthropology applies the scientific knowledge of physical anthropology to the collection and analysis of legal evidence.

Due to training in anthropology, skeletal biology, and osteology, forensic anthropologists serve a unique role in forensic science:

  • They determine if the remains are of human origin, from a single or multiple individuals, and the identity (age, sex, stature, ancestry) of the individual(s).
  • They document pathological conditions and trauma affecting the remains.
  • They can help determine the circumstances surrounding death.
  • They analyze soil and vegetation patterns to properly find, excavate, and collect skeletal remains and other physical evidence.
  • They work in cases resulting from mass disasters, explosions, fires, homicides, and other types of situations resulting in badly decomposed bodies and highly fragmented, burned, or otherwise unidentified human skeletal remains.
  • They have been prominent in the recovery and identification of remains from the Oklahoma City bombing, the World Trade Center, and mass gravesites in places like Iraq, Guatemala, and the former Yugoslavia.



GET IN TOUCH WITH Sociology & Anthropology department

Sociology & Anthropology department
Henderson Learning Resource Center, Room 218
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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Phone: 785.670.1608

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