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Human Biology Core Courses

 

Important information about the Human Biology core courses.  The HUBI core courses are required of all Human Biology majors (B.A. and B.S).  They must be taken in sequence and cannot be taken concurrently.   The lower level courses are large, co-taught classes, with variable topics.  Instructors from life sciences departments  are typically paired with instructors from the social sciences or humanities.  Their purpose is to integrate materials from other courses in the Human Biology curriculum, and to meet the Human Biology Program learning goals.  Importantly, they are not straightforward overviews of human anatomy, physiology, metabolism, etc., but rather are broad inquiries into a topic relevant to human biology in relation to the learning outcomes associated with each course.

Course Descriptions

  • HUBI-B 200 The Intricate Human (4 cr.) CASE N&M P or C: One college-level course in statistics. Interdisciplinary study of the human organism including genetics, metabolism and other aspects of physiology, behavior, culture, and environmental context. Case-based approaches to specific content will reflect faculty expertise, student interests, and current issues in human biology. Emphasis is placed on developing scientific literacy and implementing the scientific method. Credit given for only one of B200, S200, or B101.
  • HUBI-S 200 The Intricate Human, Honors (4 cr.) CASE N&M Interdisciplinary study of the human organism including genetics, metabolism and other aspects of physiology, behavior, culture, and environmental context. Case-based approaches to specific content will reflect faculty expertise, student interests, and current issues in human biology. Emphasis is placed on developing scientific literacy and implementing the scientific method. Credit given for only one of S200, B200 or B101.

    The primary learning goals for HUBI B200 or S200 are: Scientific Reasoning, Knowledge of Human Biological Processes, Interdisciplinarity & Synthesis, Collaborative problem solving, Communication and Writing. 
  • HUBI-B 300 Human Dilemmas (4 cr.) CASE N&M P: HUBI B200, S200, or B101. Social and ethical consideration of the human condition and of the construction of scientific knowledge through case-based investigation of biological processes integrating multiple disciplinary perspectives. Emphasis is placed on logical interpretation of data and on effective communication of evidence and claims. Specific content will reflect faculty expertise. Credit given for only one of B300, S300, or B201.
  • HUBI-S 300 Human Dilemmas, Honors (4 cr.) CASE N&M P: HUBI B200, S200, or B101. Social and ethical consideration of the human condition and of the construction of scientific knowledge through case-based investigation of biological processes integrating multiple disciplinary perspectives. Emphasis is placed on logical interpretation of data and on effective communication of evidence and claims. Specific content will reflect faculty expertise. Credit given for only one of S300, B300 or B201.

    The primary learning goals for HUBI B300 or S300 are: Interdisciplinarity & Synthesis, Collaborative problem solving, Communication and Writing, Ethical Reasoning, Civic Engagement.  Scientific Reasoning from HUBI B200/S200 is foundational to this course.
  • HUBI-B 400 Complex Problems of Humanity (3 cr.) CASE N&M P: B300 or B201. Capstone experience focusing on the interface of science and society. Students critically analyze real-world contemporary challenges that impact the human condition. Topics vary based on faculty expertise and student interest. Emphasis is on student research or service learning, communicating science, peer review, and making scientifically-informed arguments. Credit given for only one of B400 or B401.

    All of the learning goals are incorporated into HUBI B400, with varying degrees of emphasis.