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Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Biology - BA

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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.

Hunter Core Requirement

Several courses within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core Requirement [CCCR], Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Hunter Core Requirement - Fall 2013 to Spring 2019 .

Course CUNY Common Core Requirement
ANTHC 10100    Individual and Society (SS)
ANTHC 12600   World Culture and Global Issues
ANTHC 12700   Scientific World
ANTHP 10100 (STEM)   Scientific World and Life and Physical Sciences
ANTHP 10500   Life and Physical Sciences
BIOL 10000 (STEM)    Scientific World and Life and Physical Sciences
BIOL 10200 (STEM)   Scientific World and Life and Physical Sciences
BIOL 12500 (STEM)   Scientific World and Life and Physical Sciences
BIOL 15000 (STEM)   Scientific World and Life and Physical Sciences
CHEM 10200 (STEM)   Scientific World and Life and Physical Sciences
CHEM 12000 (STEM)   Scientific World and Life and Physical Sciences
CHEM 12100 (STEM)   Scientific World and Life and Physical Sciences
MATH 12500 (STEM)   Math/ Quantitative Reasoning
SOC 10100   Individual and Society (SS)
STAT 11300    Math/ Quantitative Reasoning
STAT 21300 (STEM)   Math/ Quantitative Reasoning

Please note that no more than two courses from any one department will count for the CUNY Common Core Requirement.

Courses Required for the Major (36-47 credits)

Students will be required to have C- or Credit grades or better in the Core Sequence to continue in the major.  Transfer students will be required to take ANTHP 10500  and receive a C or better to continue in the major. Students may place out of MATH 10100 MATH 10150 , MATH 101EN , MATH 14000 , MATH 12500 (STEM) ,MATH 12550 (STEM) , MATH 15000 (STEM)  and MATH 15500 (STEM)  requirements. See the Department of Mathematics and Statistics  for details. Students with appropriate background may be exempted from some Chemistry or Biology introductory courses. See Human Biology Advising for proper placement.

A. Core Requirements (19-27.5 creduts)

B. One of the Following Three Tracks

Choose ONE of the following THREE Tracks and complete 18 credits of coursework within that track (9 of the 18 credits must be at the 300+ level.  The 18 credits must come from more than one department)

C. Human Biology Senior Capstone

Optional Courses

  • Independent Study (HMBIO402*) (1-3 Credits) 
  • Internship (HMBIO 403*) (1-3 Credits)

*(These do not count towards the credits listed above.)

Honors Requirements

Complete Independent Study (HMBIO402*) (3 Credits) or Internship (HMBIO 403*) (3 Credits) AND Overall GPA 3.0 or higher AND Human Biology Major GPA 3.5 or higher.

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