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Human Biology

Human Biology is a multidisciplinary major that provides students with a curriculum that emphasizes the analysis of humanity in a holistic framework that includes behavioral, cultural, social, and biological approaches. This major will guide students towards an integrated view of humans and our biology through a wide array of courses from departments including Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, and Nutrition and Public Health.

The Human Biology major curriculum is built on a core foundation of courses in biology, anthropology, and statistics. Students will choose one of the following three specialized tracks:

  • Track I. Body, Mind, and Health, which emphasizes biological knowledge within the context of human biology, with coursework that addresses how social factors have an impact on humans and human health;
  • Track II. Human Evolution and Variation, which emphasizes humans as an evolved species that is part of the natural world, with coursework focusing on physical anthropology; and
  • Track III. Human Organizations, which emphasizes social phenomena, with coursework from multiple social science disciplines.

Finally, students will complete a capstone course in human biology (HMBIO 40100), where they will analyze some of the key contemporary topics and issues in human biology from multiple vantage points.

The knowledge and skills obtained by Human Biology majors will prepare students well for a range of future careers and educational paths, including graduate school in the sciences or social sciences; medical, public health, and allied health graduate training (possibly requiring additional course work); and careers in natural or social sciences research or related fields.

The Human Biology Program has 4 Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Students can identify key concepts, complete procedures, and demonstrate basic competence in human evolution, the biological sciences, and statistics.
  • Students can DISCOVER, IDENTIFY, and DEVELOP proficiency in understanding the differences between the disciplinary approaches that comprise the human biology program.
  • Students will EXAMINE, ANALYZE, and WRITE about a deeper area of expertise.
  • Student can·SUMMARIZE, EXPLAIN, ASSESS, DEBATE, AND/OR DISCUSS·interdependence of biological and social explanations for·topics relevant to human biology.

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