Undergraduate Bulletin, 2002-2003

Human Biology Program


Distinguished Teaching Professors

Helmut V. B. Hirsch, Ph.D.
Stanford University


Timothy B. Gage, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University

Helen T. Ghiradella, Ph.D.
University of California, Santa Barbara

Lawrence M. Schell, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania

Richard G. Wilkinson, Ph.D.
University of Michigan

Assistant Professors

Tom D. Brutsaert, Ph.D.
Cornell University

The Human Biology program is an interdepartmental (Anthropology and Biology) combined major/minor designed for students interested in a liberal arts education with particular focus on the human organism. It provides a strong background in human evolution, structure, function and behavior. This program is especially suitable for those seeking careers (e.g. medicine, forensics, public health, administration, business, journalism) that deal directly or indirectly with human health and welfare.

Students interested in research and/or teaching careers in biological anthropology are especially encouraged to major in Human Biology. Most graduate programs in Anthropology require undergraduate coursework in at least three of the four traditional subfields of anthropology (archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology), and some also require linguistics as the fourth subfield. It is advisable, therefore, for those intending to do graduate work in an anthropology department to take at least one course in each of these subfields. Students who plan on graduate work and professional careers in Biology are advised to major in Biological Sciences.

Degree Requirements for the Faculty-Initiated Interdisciplinary Major with a Concentration in Human Biology

General Program

B.S.:  Combined major and minor sequence consisting of a minimum of 55 credits to be taken from:

(a) Required courses (40 credits minimum):
A Ant 110N, 211, and any two of A Ant 311, 319, 312/A Bio 318;
A Bio 110N or 110F, A Bio 111N, A Bio 205N or 212, A Bio 410;
A Chm 120N, 121N, A Chm 122A & B;
A Mat 108 or A Psy 210 or A Soc 221 or one semester of college mathematics exclusive of A Mat 100, 102N, or 105;
A Phy 105N.

(b) Major electives (15 credits minimum):
A Ant 119N, 310, 311 or 312 or 319 if not used in (a) above, 365, 414, 416, 418, 450;
A Bio 112, 113, 117N, 205 or 212 if not used in (a) above, 214, 230N, 241N, 303, 305, 308, 311, 325, 402, 407, 411, 416;
A Chm 216A, 216B, 217A, 217B;
A Psy 314, 385, 387.
A maximum of 3 credits may be selected from R Ssw 290/390, A Bio 399/499 and/or A Ant 498a/498b, with prior approval for appropriate activities from the Director(s) of the Human Biology Major. The one-credit writing intensive courses, A Ant 389Z and A Bio 389Z, taken in conjunction with a required or elective course in the major, may also yield credit toward the major.

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