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Major in Human Biology – B.A.

Purpose

The human biology B.A. provides students with a holistic understanding of our species with a focus on our biology, including consideration of how that biology is altered by our evolutionary history and a contemporary environment that includes natural, social, and technological components. Students explore these diverse aspects of humanity while gaining a solid knowledge of our biological foundations. The focus of the B.A. is at the organismal level, with attention to lower levels as needed, and B.A. students are encouraged to investigate human biology with a broad interdisciplinary lens. Students can focus their coursework in an area of concentration most suited to their interests. The B.A. degree allows for breadth and flexibility in the curriculum and the possibility for double majoring. Students can also fulfill the requirements necessary for a variety of post-baccalaureate health sciences and graduate school programs.

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Major Requirements

In addition to the IU Common Ground General Education  requirements and those for the B.A. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences, students must complete 38-40 credit hours from the following:

  1. Human Biology Core Courses (all required): B200, B300, and B400. (N&M)
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  3. One course from PHSL-P 215 Basic Human Physiology, BIOL-P 451 Integrative Human Physiology, ANAT-A 215 Basic Human Anatomy, or ANAT-A 480 Anatomy for Imaging
  4. ANTH-B 200 Introduction to Bioanthropology
  5. HPSC-X 200 Scientific Reasoning or HPSC-X 102 Revolutions in Science: Plato to NATO 
  6. PSY-P 101 Introductory Psychology, or PSY-P 155 Introduction to Psychological and Brain Sciences, or BIOL-L 350 Environmental Biology, or BIOL-L 222 The City as Ecosystem
  7. A course in Statistics (STAT S300, S303 or 310, PSY K300 or 310, CJUS K300, ECON E370 or S370, ANTH A306, SOC S371, POLS Y395, LAMP L316, SPEA K300
  8. Area of Concentration Courses: 12 additional credit hours in one area of concentration; at least 9 credit hours must be at the 300 level or above. Within the area of concentration, courses must be selected according to the following criteria:
    • One course from the Life Sciences Perspective (List A)
    • One Lecture/Laboratory course (List B)
    • At least two courses from the Historical, Social, Arts, and Humanities Perspectives (List C)

*Students who are pursuing the B.A. in Human Biology and the Medical Sciences minor can count up to 10 credits from the minor to the HUBI major (usually ANAT A215 or A480 and PHSL P215).

Recommendations

Students majoring in Human Biology Program are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities available at IU Bloomington to complement their area of concentration by seeking internships, working in research laboratories, attending seminars, or becoming human biology peer instructors. Students are encouraged to take a course in information literacy (e.g. BIOL L301).