The Human Biology B.S. is similar to the B.A. except that required coursework 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 B.S. degree in Human Biology is designed to provide students with a strong scientific knowledge base in human biology, interdisciplinary perspectives on the human condition, and an opportunity to focus their coursework in an area of concentration most suited to their interests. Many Human Biology B.S. degree students are preparing for graduate education or professional school in the health sciences, business, or law. Students can also prepare for careers in the life science industries or pursue original research with their specialization in the sciences.
Regardless of whether they are pursuing the B.A. or B.S., all HUBI majors complete the HUBI core course sequence.
Important information about the Human Biology core courses
- Core courses 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.
- Core courses 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.
Students will also develop a program retrospective in the capstone course, HUBI B400, that demonstrates the connections they have made between the courses they have completed as part of the certificate and where they are directing their careers and studies upon graduation. We also encourage them to create a LinkedIn professional profile, highlighting the skills they have accrued in the Human Biology Program.