2023-2024 Course Catalog

Field Archaeology Certificate

18 Credits

Archaeology explores the vanished cultures of the past through recovery and scientific analysis of physical evidence found at ancient sites. Our courses foster a bio-cultural understanding of societies, from materially simple to complex cultures and from the distant past to historical times. The Certificate in Field Archaeology provides a solid foundation in archaeology and it introduces the tools and hands-on skills for participation in field research and cultural resource management.

Required Courses – 18 Credits

ANTH 1100Introduction to Anthropology -What it Means to be Human

4 cr

ANTH 1230Archaeology - Prehistory and Humanity's Cultural Origins

4 cr

ANTH 1235Field Archeology - Methods of Exploring the Past

3 cr

ANTH 1236Archaeology of Minnesota - Prehistoric Native Cultures

3 cr

Complete one of the following three courses:

GEOL 1110Environmental Geology

3 cr


GEOL 1111Environmental Geology Laboratory

1 cr

GEOL 1101The Dynamic Earth

4 cr

GEOG 1101Earth's Natural Environments

4 cr

Note: GEOL 1110 must be taken with its lab GEOL 1111 for a total of 4 credits.

Other Certificate Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn at least one third of the required certificate credits from Normandale.