Course Design


If you are creating a new syllabus or reorganizing an old one, feel free to use this sample syllabus to organize your course in a meaningful way for students. This syllabus includes the Stanford syllabus statements for Students with Documented Disabilities and Affordability of and Access to Course Materials.  

Sample Syllabus


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

Every course should articulate its learning goals. Visit the Stanford Center for Professional Development's helpful website for resources to assist in the creation of engaging learning experiences.  

Learning Goals

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 skills and background knowledge of Human Biology students when designing an upper division course (Note: the core is a prerequisite for upper division courses). If you have questions about the organization or content of the HumBio core, please contact Livia Choy (liviac [at] 

HumBio Core Topics Overview

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 content existing HumBio classes cover. If you have questions about the organization or content of HumBio courses, please contact Livia Choy (liviac [at]  

HumBio Areas of Emphasis Overview

Course Classification, Adoption, and Renewal

Please refer to the following document to learn about HumBio course classification, TA allocation and course renewal processes: 

HumBio Classifications