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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: CRTFLDARCHEO/ARF/**** (see concentration codes below)

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 Anthropology AA degree simultaneously with this certificate.

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.

Program Requirements 2017-2018

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 3-4
   or ANT/ARC 204IN    Human Evolution: Ape Men, Cave Women and Missing Links
ANT/ARC/GIS 181 Global Positioning Systems Basics 1
ANT/ARC/GEO/GIS 265 Mapping Concepts 1
ANT/ARC 275 Archaeological Excavation I 4
ANT/ARC 276 Archaeological Surveying I 4
Subtotal 13-14

Core Concentrations

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

Course # Course Title Credits
Field and Lab Fundamentals (Concentration Code: ARCL)
ANT/ARC 180 Artifact Identification: Tucson Basin 1
ANT/ARC 225 Principles of Archaeology 3
Subtotal 4
Southwestern Cultures  (Concentration Code: ARCS)
ANT 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics 3
   or ANT 112    Exploring Non-Western Cultures
AIS/ANT/ARC 205 Introduction to Southwestern Prehistory 3
ANT/ARC 225 Principles of Archaeology 3
Subtotal 9
Field Methods (Concentration Code: ARCM)
ANT/ARC 225 Principles of Archaeology 3
ANT/ARC 250 Archaeology Laboratory 4
ANT/ARC 277 Archaeological Excavation II 4
   or ANT/ARC 278    Archaeological Surveying II
ANT/ARC/GIS 281 Global Positioning Systems   1
ELEC ARC Elective* 3
Subtotal 15
Geospatial Information Studies and Technology (Concentration Code: ARCC)
ANT/ARC/GEO/GIS 267 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
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 4
   or DAR 120    Applied Computer Graphics
ELEC ARC, CIS, DAR Elective* 3
Subtotal 14
Total 17-29
* Select elective courses in consultation with Archaeology faculty advisor.