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Field Archaeology


Dig into the past by studying archaeological field work. Courses are designed for those seeking professional skills, those working toward an Anthropology degree with an archaeology emphasis, as well as for those with a general interest in archaeology.   This program emphasizes the preservation and conservation of resources and applied skills in archaeology, particularly related to the pre-history of southern Arizona. 

Program/Major/Concentration Codes: CRTARF/ARF1

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

What can I do with this certificate?

Career options: Seek employment in entry-level archaeology positions

Academic options: Students planning to transfer to a four-year archeology degree program should pursue an Associate of Arts -  Anthropology Concentration degree simultaneously with this certificate.

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Program Requirements 2019-2020

Department faculty approval is recommended when selecting a concentration and required for selection of electives.*

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
ANT/ARC 101 Human Origins and Prehistory 3
ANT/ARC/GIS 181 Global Positioning Systems Basics 1
ANT/ARC/GEO/GIS 265 Mapping Concepts 1
ANT/ARC 275 Archaeological Excavation I 3
ANT/ARC 276 Archaeological Surveying I 3
Subtotal 11

Focus Areas

Complete courses from one of the following focus areas. A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
Southwestern Prehistory
ANT 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
and Linguistics
   or ANT 112    Exploring Non-Western Cultures
ANT/ARC 180 Artifact Identification: Tucson Basin 1
AIS/ANT/ARC 205 Introduction to Southwestern Prehistory 3
ANT/ARC 225 Principles of Archaeology 3
Subtotal 10
Field Methods 
ANT/ARC 225 Principles of Archaeology 3
ANT/ARC 250 Archaeology Laboratory 4
ANT/ARC 277 Archaeological Excavation II 3
   or ANT/ARC 278    Archaeological Surveying II
ANT/ARC/GIS 281 Global Positioning Systems   1
ELEC ARC Elective* 3
Subtotal 14
Geospatial Information Studies and Technology
ANT/ARC/GEO/GIS 267 Introduction to Geographic Information
ANT/ARC/GIS 281 Global Positioning Systems 1
ANT/ARC/GEO/GIS 284 Computer Cartography and CAD 3
ANT/ARC/GIS 286 Electronic and Digital Field Mapping 3-4
   or DAR 120    Applied Computer Graphics
ELEC ARC, CIS, DAR Elective* 3-5
Subtotal 13-16
Total 21-27

* Select elective courses in consultation with Archaeology faculty advisor.