• MSc Program

Course Plan


Fall Spring
Theory and Practice in Anthropology (3 cr)
Complex Adaptive Systems (3 cr)
Ecology, Society, and Sustainable Development (3 cr)
Science in Anthropology (3 cr)
Software Tools for Earth and Environmental Science (non-credit)
Mathematical Concepts for Earth System Scientists (non-credit)
“Students will select 4 courses from at least two modules listed below"
B) Anthropology:
Fall Spring
Small Scale Societies (3 cr) How Did We Become Human? (3 cr)
Cultural Ecology (3 cr) Economic Anthropology (3 cr)
Human Behavioral Ecology (3 cr) Environmental Anthropology (3 cr)
Human Evolution (3 cr) Evolution (3 cr)
C) Archaeology:  
Fall Spring
Ancient Architecture-Ancient Cities (3 cr) The Rise of Civilizations (3 cr)
Anatoilan Archaeology (3 cr)  Cultural Heritage Management (3 cr)
Human Behavioral Ecology (3 cr) Landscape Archaeology (3 cr)
Settlement Patterns (3 cr) Humans in Their Environments (3 cr)
Relations between Human-Environment and Architecture
in Antiquity (3 cr)
Special Topics in Geoanthropology (3 cr)
D) Complexity and Modeling:  
Modeling in Social and Ecolocigal Systems (3 cr) Agency and Coupled Systems (3 cr)

Complex Societies (3 cr)
 E) Geology:  
 Fall  Spring
Methods of Paleoenvironmental  Reconstruction (3 cr) Geoarchaeology, Environments, Methods, and
Landscape Studies (3 cr)
Earth Surface Processes (3 cr) Dating Methods in Earth Sciences (3 cr)
Geohazards (3 cr) Geochemical Analysis Methods (3 cr)
Ore  Microscopy (3 cr) Clay Minerology (3 cr)
Selected Topics in Geochemistry (3 cr)  
 F) Remote Sensing:  
 Fall Spring
Unmanned Aerial Systems in Earth Sciences (3 cr) Earth Information Systems (3 cr)
Earth Surface Processes (3 cr) Dating Methods in Earth Sciences (3 cr)
GIS in Ecology (3 cr) Remote Sensing in GIS (3 cr)
 G) Economy:  
 Fall Spring
Health Economics (3 cr) Regional Economy (3 cr)
Game Theory (3 cr) Development Economics (3 cr)
Labor Economics (3 cr) Environmental Economics (3 cr)

(24 credits total; 4 required courses and 4 courses from at least two modules, and thesis for partial fullfilment of degree requirement)

About Geoanthropology

In its most general definition Geoanthropology refers to a unique amalgamation of earth sciences, behavioral sciences, social sciences, and computational sciences. Geoanthropology aims to train students in interdisciplinary research areas, concerning human-environment interactions, environmental impacts of varying intensity of land/resource use, resilience and sustainability of past - present - future societies, how societies organize themselves in the face of risk, mechanisms of risk reduction & mitigation, and divergent patterns of adaptation.

Learning Outcomes

  1. The ability to develop the expert knowledge necessary to study the natural environment through scientific methods

  2. Knowing the methods of archaeology and history; having the capacity to use necessary tools and methods to conduct scientific research on the history of humanity

  3. Developing the ability to combine knowledge from human-environment interactions with research methods related to history and archaeology in order to solve problems and analyze data

  4. Having the ability to apply knowledge from the field of human-environment interactions to solve complex problems and assuming responsibility to bring new approaches to problems

  5. Having the ability to follow daily events in human-environment interactions, being able to communicate his/her research to researcgers from any field at the international level both orally, visually, and in written form

  6. Using human-environment interactions and related information in order to shape other disciplines

  7. The application of necessary methods to assess whether human societies have sustainable relationships with their environments

  8. Having the ability to analyze and assess interactions of different cultures and civilizations with their environments, starting from the prehistory

  9. Gathering, analyzing, assessing data, and providing solutions regarding human-environment interactions by maintaining social, scientific, cultural, and ethical values

Geoanthropology Faculty

Bulent Arikan
(Archaeology, Paleoclimate, Modeling)

A.M. Celal Sengor
(Geology, Human Evolution)

Nuzhet Dalfes
(Ecosystem, Ecology, Biogeography)

Alper Unal
(Data Analysis)

Gultekin Topuz
(Geology, Mineralogy)

Sinan Ozeren
(Paleoclimate, Statistics)

M. Akif Sarikaya
(Geology, Dating Methods)

Cengiz Yildirim

Orkan Ozcan
(Remote Sensing, GIS)

Kadir Eris
(Paleoclimate reconstruction, Sedimantary Geology)

Nurgul Celik Balci

Emin Ciftci
(Geology, Ore Deposits)

Zeynep Kuban
(History of Architecture and Restoration)

Turgut Saner
(History of Architecture)

Zeynep Eres Ozdogan
(Cultural Heritage Management)

Azime Tezer
(Environmental Science)

Ayse Aylin Bayar
(Environmental Economics)

Derya Gultekin Karakas
(Development Economics)

Q. X. Martin Stoeffler
(Development Economics)

Sinan Ertemel
(Game Theory)

C. Michael Hannum
(Regional Economics)

Aysun Hiziroglu Aygun
(Labor Economics)

Nebiye Musaoglu
(Remote Sensing)

Aysegul Tanikoglu
(GIS in Ecology)

Application Criteria

BA or BSc degree
60/100 or 2.4/4 GPA
GRE Quantitative Score minimum 150 pts (630 pts in old scoring)
ALES EA 60 pts (applies for Turkish students)
Acceptable test of English score for students whose native language is not English


Bulent Arikan - bulentarikan@itu.edu.tr