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Program Requirements

The Online Electronic Catalog (OEC) is the university's official compilation for all curriculum. The OEC serves as the basis for major, minor, specialization, certificate, and program requirements for the academic year. For current policy and curriculum requirements refer to the CWU online catalog at You may choose the catalog that is appropriate for your program requirements, based on the quarter that you were accepted into your program. Some students may be using more than one catalog to meet general education and major requirements. A student should expect to meet the specific requirements of the departments listed in the OEC that is current at the time he or she is accepted by the department into the major or minor program. A student should expect to complete general education requirements as listed in the OEC current at the time of first enrollment at either Central or a community college in the state of Washington provided he or she transfers directly to CWU from the community college and has not attended another four-year institution.

A double major is required for the Primate Behavior and Ecology Major. Students must complete 45-70 credits in their second major, choosing from the following:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Psychology

Transfer students should consult the webpages of the companion major (Anthropology, Biology, or Psychology) for information on course equivalencies and transfers. Generally, 100-level core courses required for the Primate Behavior and Ecology degree will transfer in (e.g., ANTH 110 Intro to Biological Anthropology, BIOL 181 General Biology, PSY 101 General Psychology). Some Primate Behavior and Ecology Core requirements and electives can count as credits toward both degrees, so the actual amount of additional coursework needed to fulfill the requirements of the second major may be as low as 27 credits

PBE Major

Introductory Level Core Requirements 
ANTH 110 Intro to Biological Anthropology5ANTH 309L Skeletal Analysis & Comparison2
PSY 101 General Psychology5ANTH 313 Primate Social Behavior4
BIOL 101 Fundamentals of Biology 
OR BIOL 181 General Biology
5BIOL 302 Human Ecology 
OR BIOL 360 General Ecology
BIOL 200 Plants in the Modern World 
OR BIOL 182 General Biology II
5PHIL 306 Environmental Ethics5
BIOL 201 Human Physiology 
OR BIOL 183 General Biology III
5PRIM 220 Intro to Primate Lab Procedures2
  PSY 300 Research Methods5
  PSY 301 Learning 
OR BIOL 465 Animal Behavior

Two of the following courses:

ANTH 412 Long Term Primate Studies OR ANTH 416 Pongid Behavior OR ANTH 418 Primate Evolution

8PSY 362 Introductory Statistics 
OR BIOL 213 Quantitative Methods in Biology



3 ANTH 411 Primate ConservationANTH 411 Primate ConservationANTHANTAAANTH 411 Primate Conservation OR PSY 442 Evolutionary Psychology OR ANTH/BIOL/PSY 499 Seminar
  PRIM 450 Primate Behavior & Ecology Capstone