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About the Program


The Human Biology program provides students with a holistic understanding of our species with a focus on our biology. It includes consideration of how our biology is altered by both evolutionary history and a contemporary environment that includes natural, social, and technological components, and how it is interpreted within a social and cultural context. Students explore these diverse aspects of humanity while gaining a solid knowledge of our biological foundations.

The Human Biology program is designed around a core sequence of two interdisciplinary 4-credit courses and a 3-credit senior capstone course. In addition to these, students take required courses in a variety of disciplines to gain expertise in the diverse aspects of human biology, and courses in a single area of concentration, that allow for more in-depth study in their area of interest. Each area of concentration includes courses from both the life science perspective and the historical, social, arts, and humanities perspectives.

Degrees Offered

The B.A. in Human Biology takes a holistic approach to Homo sapiens, with a focus on the organismal level.  The B.S. in Human Biology extends the investigation of human biology to the sub-cellular and molecular level and places the details of human biology within the larger context of biological and biochemical mechanisms common to life forms.

The Certificate in Human Biology is a 28-29 credit hour interdisciplinary certificate program within the College of Arts and Sciences. The objectives of the certificate are to provide students an introduction to the biological sciences relevant to the understanding of human biology, and consider ethical issues related to human biology.

Human Biology Learning Goals

Coursework in the Human Biology program is designed to meet the following 7 learning goals:

  1.  Scientific Reasoning
  2. Knowledge of human biological processes
  3. Interdisciplinarity & Synthesis
  4. Collaborative problem solving
  5. Communication/writing
  6. Ethical Reasoning
  7. Civic Engagement