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Archaeological Excavator Certificate

These courses prepare the student for employment as an archaeological site excavator. To earn a certificate, students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each of the certificate courses. Certificate Disclosure Information.

Required Courses

Course NumberCourse NameUnits
Total Units22
ANTH 100*Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 105Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 110Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH 120*Archaeological Excavation3
ANTH/AIS 130Prehistoric Cultures of North America
or
ANTH/AIS 140The Original Californians (3 units)3
ANTH 121Cultural Resource Management (3 units)3
ANTH 297Special Problems in Archaeology (1 unit)1
ANTH 205*Advanced Archaeological Excavation3

*ANTH 100 & 100L can be combined by taking ANTH 101 (4 units)
*ANTH 120 & 205 are taught concurrently only in the Fall semester.

NOTE: ANTH 100 & 105 are transferable for lower division credit at CSU San Marcos; ANTH 120 & 205 are transferrable for up to 9 units of UPPER DIVISION credit for Anthropology Majors at CSU San Marcos.

Archaeological Surveyor and Laboratory Assistant Certificate

These courses prepare the student for employment as an archaeological surveyor and laboratory assistant. To earn a certificate, students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each of the courses. Certificate Disclosure Information.

Required Courses

Course NumberCourse NameUnits
Total Units21
ANTH 100Introduction to Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 105Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 110Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH 120Archaeological Excavation3
ANTH 205Advanced Archaeological Excavation3
or
ANTH 220Advanced Archaeological Survey*3
ANTH 210Archaeological Surveying*3
ANTH 215Archaeological Laboratory Analysis**3

*ANTH 210 & 220 are taught together once every 2 years in the Spring with weekend field trips at Rancho Cuyamaca State Park, next Spring 2014
**ANTH 215 is taught once every 2 years in the Spring; it alternates with the surveying classes ANTH 210/220 noted above, next Spring 2015

NOTE: ANTH 100 & 105 are transferable for lower division credit at CSU San Marcos; ANTH 120, 205, 210, 215 and 225 are transferable for up to 9 units of UPPER DIVISION credit for Anthropology Majors at CSU San Marcos.