Director's Message

Dear HumBio Students, Faculty, and Friends,

As I sit in my office, looking out at the main quad at Stanford, I still can't quite believe that we are back. Seeing students walking around, talking, laughing, and getting acquainted with campus once again is an absolute joy.

We are back!!

I am delighted at the idea of being in the classroom with our students again (all of us masked), getting together with students and faculty to catch up (outside), and getting back to the wonderful work that we all get to engage in here at Stanford. And I am also excited that we will also be able to celebrate Human Biology turning 50 in person during Stanford Reunion Weekend this October!

We in Human Biology are ready to continue our mission of providing an extraordinary education to extraordinary students back on our beautiful Stanford campus.

All my best, Lianne

HumBio Opportunities

Human Biology offers an interdisciplinary approach to understanding human beings from biological, behavioral, social, and cultural perspectives.

Science Communication

Because Human Biology is an interdisciplinary program with an emphasis on both empirical inquiry and applied knowledge, excellent communication skills are critical to majors.

Data Literacy

Data in the social and biological sciences are used to make observations and judgments regarding patterns of human behavior and function. These data are sometimes imperfect or incomplete, but are used nevertheless to make decisions and policies. 

Scientific Literacy

Human Biology students learn to critically evaluate evidence in support of claims and write for a range of audiences, from peer-reviewed research journals to more popular science journalism.


The Human Biology Capstone gives students a chance to reflect upon their undergraduate career alongside their broader interests and values. 


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Thursday, October 21, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

We invite you to attend the Program on Urban Studies’ 15th Annual Model Scholar Lecture, Urban Alchemy: How Urbanists Can Save Us, with Dr. Mindy…

Friday, October 22, 2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
North Lawn, Lomita Mall (between Bldg 370 and Physics/Astrophysics building)

Human Biology is turning 50! Follow your neural pathways back to HumBio to celebrate and reconnect with fellow alumni, faculty and…

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
At your computer/device

Join BeWell for a free fireside chat with Mimi Kuo-Deemer, qigong, internal martial arts, mindfulness and yoga author and teacher, with moderator…