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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. You may choose the catalog that is appropriate for your program requirements, based on the quarter that you were accepted into your program.  A student should expect to meet the specific requirements of the departments listed in the OEC that is current at the time 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 the student 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

Course Credits Course Credits
Introductory Level   Core Requirements  
ANTH 110 Intro to Biological Anthropology (Fa, Wi, Sp quarters) 5  ANTH 380 Nonverbal Communication 4
PSY 101 General Psychology (Fa, Wi, Sp quarters) 5 ANTH 313 Primate Social Behavior (Fa quarter) 4
BIOL 101 Fundamentals of Biology (Fa, Wi, Sp Quarters),
OR BIOL 181 General Biology (Fa & Wi quarters)
5 BIOL 302 Human Ecology, OR ANTH 352 Anth Environmental Issues, OR ANTH 440 Culture & Ecology, OR BIOL 360 General Ecology 5
BIOL 200 Plants in the Modern World (Fa & Wi quarters),
OR BIOL 182 General Biology II (Wi & Sp quarters)
5 PHIL 306 Environmental Ethics (Fa quarter), OR ANTH 411 Primate Conservation (Fa quarter) 4-5
BIOL 201 Human Physiology (Fa, Wi, Sp quarters),
OR BIOL 183 General Biology III (Fa & Sp quarters)
5 PSY 300 Research Methods (Fa, Wi, Sp quarters), OR ANTH 413 Research Methods in Primatology (Fa quarter) 5
    PSY 301 Learning (Fa, Wi, Sp quarters), OR BIOL 465 Animal Behavior (Wi quarter) 4-5
    PSY 362 Introductory Statistics (Fa, Wi, Sp quarters), OR BIOL 213 Quantitative Methods in Biology (Fa, Wi, Sp quarters) 4-5

Two of the following courses:

ANTH 412 Platyrrhine Monkeys, OR ANTH 416 Apes, OR ANTH 417 Lemurs and Lorises, OR ANTH 418 Monkeys of Asia and Africa

8 ANTH 411 Primate Conservation (Sp quarter), OR PSY 442 Evolutionary Psychology (Fa quarter), OR ANTH/BIOL/PSY 499 Seminar (varies, check with department) 4-5


PRIM 220, OR ANTH 201, OR PRIM 490, OR PRIM 495A

3  ANTH 411 Primate ConservationANTH 411 Primate ConservationANTHANTAAPRIM 450 Primate Behavior & Ecology Capstone


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