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This page is full of resources and links for you to consult when working on a course

Teaching Resources

Textbook Adoptions:

The Stanford bookstore handles all textbook adoptions. Textbooks should be submitted before the date of enrollment opening for that quarter. To submit a textbook adoption online visit: Textbook Adoption


We highly recommend getting your course, new or old, certified for one of Stanford’s general education breadth requirements called Ways of Thinking/Doing (Ways): Ways Certification

Please notify Samantha Cooper when you apply for Ways at

Writing Specialist:

HumBio has a Writing Specialist, Shay Brawn, Ph.D. (lecturer in PWR and tutor in the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking), who offers regular consulting hours to all HumBio faculty and students. Dr. Brawn helps faculty design and refine writing assignments, and she offers grading strategies for effective feedback. You may arrange an appointment by contacting her at

Academic Technology Specialist:

HumBio has an Academic Technology Specialist, Carlos Seligo, who offers support to faculty for online learning, primarily through the production of video and other media. Dr. Seligo is available to consult faculty designing multimedia projects. You may arrange an appointment by contacting him at

Room Reservations:

If you need room reservations for one-time events, make-up classes, sections, exams, office house, etc. please send a request that includes days, times, technical equipment needed, and number of attendees to Samantha Cooper at

Canvas Transition:

If you would like to schedule a consultation on how to set up and use Canvas for your course, please contact Samantha Cooper (

Further information about Canvas can be found here: Canvas (for Instructors)

CourseWork has officially retired as of December 16, 2016. Coursework materials from a previous academic year must be manually migrated. For assistance, email with the names of the relevant courses in CourseWork and which quarter you will be teaching them in Canvas.

Course Preparation:

CTL has a handy page of resources for teachers developing courses, available here: CTL Resources

Course Design:

Course Classification, Adoption, and Renewal:

Please refer to the following document to learn how HumBio classifies lower division / upper division courses and to learn about the TA allocation and course renewal processes: HumBio Classifications

HumBio Crosslisting Request Criteria:
Crosslisted classes are those for which the primary academic home is another department or program, outside Human Biology.  Cross listing of courses is conducted in accordance with University policy (see: Stanford Faculty Crosslisting Guide). In addition, Human Biology will require the following to initiate or maintain cross listing of classes:
  • The course fits very well within the Program mission, to provide an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the human being from biological, behavioral, social, and cultural perspectives
  • The class requires 3-4 units (rarely 5) consistent with Program requirements
  • Class enrollment is at least 20 students
  • >25% of students enrolled are Human Biology majors
  • Assignment to Human Biology lower or upper division numbering follows the policy outlined in 'HumBio Classifications', linked above

Upon approval for cross listing a course from the curriculum committee, it will be reviewed again by the committee after two iterations of the course to confirm the course continues to meet the above cross listing requirements.

HumBio Core Topics:

This chart outlines the learning goals and specific topics covered throughout each part of the HumBio core. You can use it as a resource to understand the background knowledge of Human Biology students if you are designing an upper division course (the core is a prerequisite for upper division courses). If you have questions about the organization or content of the HumBio core, please contact Samantha Cooper ( 

HumBio Core Chart

HumBio Areas of Emphasis:

These charts outline HumBio classes across our 8 Areas of Emphasis and the general topics covered in each class. You can use these as a resource to see what existing HumBio classes in your area are teaching and to help identify content overlaps and gaps in the Human Biology curriculum. If you have questions about the organization or content of HumBio courses, please contact Samantha Cooper ( 

HumBio Areas of Emphasis


HumBio courses should promote specific aspects of at least one of three broad capacities within the major (Communication, Data Analysis and Scientific Literacy): HumBio Capacities

Learning Goals:

Need assistance writing learning goals? Visit the VPTL's helpful site: Learning Goals


Here are some beautiful sample syllabi from Human Biology professors for you to reference when designing your own course syllabus.

Annette Salmeen - HumBio 151R

Katherine Preston - HumBio 113

Course Proposals

Course Proposal and Review Form: 

Please contact Human Biology Director Paul Fisher ( and Curriculum Committee Chair Anne Friedlander ( to initiate a course proposal. 

Hum Bio is currently seeking proposals in the Following Areas:

Brain and Behavior

Lower Division ("Freshman Friendly" courses)

Please contact Anne Friedlander ( for more information.



Notice of Intent, Course Content,
Course Requirements, Eligibility

Anne Friedlander
Chair, HB Curriculum Committee

Specifics of submission,
Forms, Curriculum Committee Dates

Samantha Cooper
Course Support Coordinator
Financial Compensation,
Teaching Assistants

Linda Barghi
Program Manager

Human Biology Program Overview Paul Fisher
Director, Program in Human Biology