We love our HumBio students and they love HumBio! Here are just some of the reasons why:
I'm thankful to HumBio for allowing me to craft my own academic path, giving me the freedom to explore all of my interests, and introducing me to other creative and intelligent students. From the HumBio 2A to HumBio 174, I have enjoyed engaging in a range of topics that cover both the social and physical sciences. Being HumBio major has not only made me a more well-rounded student, it's also shown me how to be an independent learner and take control over my academic experiences.
I deeply cherished the Human Biology Core's cohort-learning model, as I found advancing through the Core with the same body of students to be a helpful framework for collaboration, teamwork, and community-building. The sheer amount of resources that the Core offers also made me feel well-supported and secure.
HumBio has taught me power of caring deeply for others and the world around me, and it has empowered me to use my passion and drive to work to make the world a better place. HumBio has taught me to see, hear, and empathize with others with vastly different lived experiences from my own. HumBio has taught me to believe in the power of myself and of those around me.
Throughout the core, there was a strong undergraduate community among HumBio majors that I quickly came to appreciate. With a friend almost always guaranteed in a class, I found it relatively easy to go outside of my comfort zone. Word of mouth between friends was how I found HumBio 146 (Culture & Madness). Taking classes with friends also made it incredibly easier to remain vulnerable in classes like HumBio 144 (Boys Psychosocial Development) which asked us to integrate and share highly personal experiences with the whole class. The interdisciplinary nature of the program continues to amaze me.
HumBio enabled me to explore multidisciplinary perspectives on how to solve pressing health problems in underserved communities. Through this major, I embraced my dynamic nature as a thinker and leader. I am confident that my experiences with professors and classmates in this department have set me up to thrive no matter where my career takes me.
Dumisile Melody Mphamba
To me, HumBio was about understanding the many connections between the molecules and cells we’re made of, the cultures we’re steeped in, the physical environments we live in, and much more. If I were to go back, I would tell myself that what you can ask or learn or do in HumBio is limited only by your curiosities—about food, music, data, immigration, genomics—and your ability to understand their connections to what it means to be human.