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Program Retrospective


All students majoring in Human Biology or doing a Certificate in Human Biology must complete a Program Retrospective in HUBI B400 in their senior year.    In addition, we encourage students to create a LinkedIn professional profile that incorporates the skills they have accrued in the Human Biology Program.

The Program Retrospective is  a 5-7 page narrative that demonstrates your intellectual, personal, and professional growth during your time as a HUBI major at Indiana University. Your narrative should showcase evidence of your competency in relation to the Learning Goals of the Human Biology Program.

These are:

  1. Scientific reasoning
    • Use the scientific method to answer a question related to human biology.
    • Evaluate others’ research and interpretation of results.
    • Connect scientific findings to relevant public issues or problems.
  2. Knowledge of human biological processes
    • Demonstrate knowledge of basic human anatomy and physiological systems.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of evolutionary theory.
    • Provide examples of how evolutionary processes have contributed to human biology and human biological variation.
  3. Interdisciplinarity & synthesis
    • Show how the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities identify, define and address problems related to human biology differently.
    • Demonstrate an ability to combine different modes of inquiry.
    • Evaluate the benefits and limitations of different disciplinary approaches to knowledge.
  4. Collaborative problem solving        
    • Work together with others to form a strategy to address a human biological problem or research a question in human biology.
    • Give useful feedback to others.
  5. Communication/writing
    • Demonstrate knowledge of a topic in human biology within the context of what is already known.
    • Present evidence and arguments from the scientific literature and articulate research clearly in written and oral form to a non-specialist audience.
  6. Ethical Reasoning
    • Identify what ethical issues are raised by a particular problem.
    • Identify the implications of the ethical positions you take.
    • Use evidence-based arguments to advocate for particular positions.
  7. Civic Engagement
    • Identify the role of science in public discourse and policy.
    • Exhibit social responsibility and active citizenship by using knowledge and skills to direct scientific inquiry towards the public good.