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Central Washington University
Primate Behavior & Ecology, B.S.
(Established 1999)
Educational Program
Web Site: http://www.cwu.edu/primate/program-overview

Director: Dr. Lori K. Sheeran
Phone: (509)963-1434   Fax: (509)963-3215   E-Mail: SheeranL@cwu.edu
400 East University Way, Ellensburg, Washington 98926-7544 UNITED STATES
Department: Anthropology, Biology, Psychology, and Philosophy
Institution: Central Washington University
Affiliations: Anhui University

Mission: This program provides a structured undergraduate B.S. degree track focused on interdisciplinary knowledge relating to primates. Students in this program complete coursework and gain practical experience from four disciplines (anthropology, biology, philosophy, and psychology) and have opportunities to conduct scientific research as undergraduates. Graduates of this program are well-prepared to continue their studies for advanced degrees or to enter the work force in the field of animal care giving, research, and environmental education.

A double major is required for the Primate Behavior and Ecology (PBE) major. Students complete 71 credits in the PBE degree and 45-71 credits in the second major (B.A./B.S. in anthropology OR biology OR psychology). The program is designed to be completed in four years, with some courses meeting requirements toward both degree plans. Transfer students may apply to the program. Students who are accepted into CWU are also eligible to declare the PBE major by contacting the program director [Dr. Lori Sheeran SheeranL@cwu.edu].

Principal Research Programs: Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute on the CWU campus [contact Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold Jensvold@cwu.edu]: archival data collected from five chimpanzees taught American Sign Language.

Molecular Anthropology Laboratory on the CWU campus [contact Dr. Joseph Lorenz LorenzJ@cwu.edu]: DNA extraction from a variety of primate biomaterials (blood, feces, tissue, and bone analyses), including PCR amplification and DNA sequencing and genotyping.

Osteology Laboratory on the CWU campus [contact Dr. John Alsoszatai-Petheo JAPetheo@cwu.edu]: comparative primate anatomy.

Museum of Culture and Environment on the CWU campus [contact Dr. Mark Auslander AuslanderM@cwu.edu]: environmental education.

CWU-Anhui University Field Research Program, Mt. Huangshan, China [contact Dr. Lori Sheeran SheeranL@cwu.edu]: 3-week field school through CWU's Study Abroad office provides training in observational research, habitat description, and survey techniques.

Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA [contact Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold Jensvold@cwu.edu]: internships and observational research on various primates.

Training Opportunities: Graduate: two-year M.S. degree in Primate Behavior.

College: B.S. degree in Primate Behavior and Ecology (dual-degree program with anthropology OR psychology OR biology as the companion B.S./B.A. degree). Community college transfer students may also apply.

General Public: Museum of Culture and Environment.

General Public: Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available, including work study for eligible students.

Number of Staff: 10

Associated Field Sites: CWU-Anhui University Field Research Program, Mt. Huangshan, China [contact Dr. Lori Sheeran SheeranL@cwu.edu]: 3-week field school through CWU's Study Abroad office provides training in observational research, habitat description, and survey techniques.

Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA [contact Dr. Mary Lee Jensvold Jensvold@cwu.edu]: internships and observational research on various primates.

Last Updated: 2013-06-06


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