The department of anthropology at MU is a leader in evolutionary anthropology, with an integrative program in Human Adaptation, Ecology, & Evolution. Core areas include demography, ecological and environmental anthropology, ethnobiology, evolutionary archaeology, archaeometry, human behavioral ecology, genetics, human variation, and biomedical anthropology. Cross-cutting research links include cooperation and conflict, epidemiology, evolution of culture and intelligence, human interactions with plants and animals, life history and child development, religion, and hominid evolution. Our department has strong interdisciplinary ties with the MU Departments of Biological Sciences, the MU Research Reactor, MU School of Health-Related Professions, the College of Engineering and the MU Medical School. The graduate program provides rigorous coursework in combination with hands-on field and laboratory research experience. All degree programs emphasize a scientific approach with emphasis on ecology and evolutionary theory.