Human Biology Major

Human Biology Program Director: Dr. Adam D. Gordon

Bachelor of Science in Human Biology (55 credits)

Students in this major focus on the evolutionary and physical components of the human experience. The human biology major shares course work with biology, psychology, public health, and other areas of the physical sciences. Majors take a basic science sequence in biology, chemistry, math, and physics, and a sequence of courses on the fundamentals of human biology, including Human Evolution, Human Population Biology, and Human Anatomy and Physiology, Other credits are gained through a variety of electives and may be tailored toward students' intended graduate study or career goals. For students contemplating careers in health care, this major offers a well-rounded perspective on human beings as not simply biological organisms existing in the present time, but a species whose health and well-being are affected by our evolutionary past and by our current social and cultural environments.

The Human Biology major is a combined major and minor sequence: students do not need to declare a separate minor field.

Summary of requirements

Required courses (42 minimum):
(1) Basic sciences:
ABIO 110 or 120 & 201, ABIO 111 or 121 & 202Z, ABIO 205 or 212
ACHM 120, 121, 124, and 125
AMAT 108 or PSY 210 or SOC 221, or one semester of college mathematics (other than AMAT 100, 102, 104, or 105)
APHY 105

(2) Fundamentals of Human Biology:
AANT 110, Introduction to Human Evolution
AANT 211, Human Population Biology
AANT 316 and 318, Human Anatomy and Physiology, parts I and II
At least one of the following: AANT 312, Human Population Genetics (=BIO 318); AANT 319, Physical Growth and Development; AANT 416, Topics in Human Biology (topics vary and the course can be repeated); or AANT 441, Paleodemography/Paleopathology

Electives in the major (at least 13 credits):
A variety of courses in Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Public Health can be counted toward the major. See the Undergraduate Bulletin for the list. In addition, 3 credits may be selected from RSSW 290/390, ABIO 399/499, and AANT 498, with prior approval from the Human Biology Advisor.


For more information, see our listing in the Undergraduate Bulletin.