Archaeological Technician – Associate's Degree

Director: Brooke Arkush
Telephone Contact: 801-626-7202

Archaeology can be an emphasis within the anthropology major or minor, part of a Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree, or stand alone as an independent program. The program trains students for work as archaeological technicians, adding a vocational component to an academic discipline. Archaeology, with its modern emphases on scientific problem solving, an evolutionary perspective, and ecological theory, is also a valuable part of a student's science education.

Grade Requirements: A minimum grade of "C" in courses counted toward fulfilling the major (a grade of "C-" is not acceptable) and an overall GPA of 2.00.
Credit Hour Requirements: Minimum of 26 credit hours for the Institutional Certificate, which must include ENGL 1010 (3) or equivalent. Minimum of 63 credit hours for the Associate of Applied Science degree, which must include ENGL 1010 (3) (or equivalent), COMM 1020 (3), and MATH 1050 (3) and 9 additional credit hours of general education, including one course in each of the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences areas.

General Education

Refer to  Degree and General Education Requirements for Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.


All declared Archaeological Technician students are assigned to the Director of the Archaeological Technician program for advisement. Students are officially notified that they must be formally advised by the Director at least once a year with all contacts posted in their files to be maintained in the department. Contact with the Director is by appointment; undeclared students with questions should also contact the Director of the Archaeological Technician Program (Dr. Brooke Arkush, phone: 801-626-7202) or the Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology (phone: 801-626-6241).

Course Requirements for AAS Degree

Required Program Core Courses (38-40 credit hours)

  • ANTH 1000 SS/DV- Introduction to Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 1020 LS/DV- Biological Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH 2030 SS- Principles of Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH 3100- Prehistory of North America (3)
  • ANTH 3200- Archaeology of Early Civilizations (3)
  • ANTH 3300- Archaeological Field Techniques (3-6)
    (must complete 6 credit hours)
  • ANTH 3400- Archaeological Lab Techniques (3)
  • ANTH 3600- Culture Area Studies (1-3)
  • ANTH 4100- Archaeological Method, Theory, & Cultural Resource Management (3)
  • ENGL 3100- Professional and Technical Writing (3) (Prerequisite: ENGL 2010)
  • GEO 1110 PS- Dynamic Earth: Physical Geology (3)
    & GEO 1115- Physical Geology Lab (1)
  • SOC 3600- Social Statistics (3)

Support Courses

Complete at least two of the following:
  • ANTH 4200- Anthropological Theory (3)
  • GEO 3150- Geomorphology (4)
  • HIST 4110- History of the American West to 1900 (3)