Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) is a public university that was founded in 1849. CCSU is located in a neighborhood on the northern edge of New Britain, 15 minutes from the state capital. The current student enrollment consists of 10,085 undergraduate students and 2,392 graduate students.


Undergraduate catalog
Graduate programs

Mosses, Mushrooms, and more (BIO 326, 4 credits)
Natural history and importance to human health, agriculture, and industry of fungi, algae, lichens, liverworts, and mosses. Occasional Saturday field trips. Prerequisite: BIO 200 or permission of the department Chair.

Plant Taxonomy (BIO 444, 3 credits)
Scientific approach to identification and classification and of locally occurring plants using taxonomic keys. Includes ferns, fern allies, conifers, and flowering plants, with emphasis on the latter. Field walks and plant collections required. Offered irregularly. Two hours of lecture and one 3-hour laboratory per week. 3 credits. Prerequisites: BIO 200 and BIO 290, or permission of the department Chair

Field Studies in Biology (BIO 470, 1-4 credits)
Travel-based field biology experience. Students will learn to identify biological questions, design and conduct observations and/or experiments, and analyze their data and reach valid conclusions. May be repeated at different field sites.

Plant Ecology (BIO 520, 3 credits)
Interactions between plants and their living and non-living surroundings. Reproductive ecology, species interactions including competition, community structure, succession, phytogeography with emphasis on the tropics, and the biodiversity crisis. Prerequisites- Admission to graduate school or permission of department chair.

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 170, 3 credits)
Human ways of life and how to investigate them. Introduces basic skills and knowledge necessary for the description, analysis, and understanding of cultures.

Field Research Methods (ANTH 374, 3 credits)
Examines field research methods with focus on qualitative techniques like participant-observation, applies and action research, and ethnographic interviewing. Quantitative techniques include time budget analysis and single subject design. Spring.

Cultures of Latin America (ANTH 428)
Introduction to modern and tribal societies in Latin America. Objectives include tracing the historical roots of social and economic relations in Latin America today, and the diverse responses Latin Americans have made and are making to rapid social change. Fall. Prereq: ANTH 140 or ANTH 170 or SOC 110.

Field School in Cultural Anthropology (ANTH 451, 6 credits)
Development of qualitative research skills central to cultural anthropology through language study, home stays, seminars, speakers, and excursions. Normally involves travel outside the United States. Irregular. Prereq: Permission of instructor.


Douglas Carter (Biology)
B. Nicholson (Biology)
Abigail Adams (Anthropology)