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 Urban Public Health.
The Human Biology major curriculum is built on a core foundation of courses in biology, anthropology, and statistics. Students will then 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.