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List of B.S. Eligible Courses

There are three categories of courses which students are allowed to use for the B.S. in Human Biology degree option. This page will break down those categories, and provide a list of eligible courses which might fit into your course of study for the B.S. degree.

Note: Some of the courses in these categories are not suitable for the Depth portion of your Course of Study!

Catgory 1: WAYS-SMA / FR / AQR

Most courses with a WAYS ceritifcation in Scientific Method & Analysis (SMA), Formal Reasoning (FR), or Applied Quantitative Reasoning (AQR) are treated as eligible to count towards the B.S. There are a few exceptions - courses that are also designated with WAYS Creative Expression (CE) require case-by-case approval from the Human Biology advising team to count towards the B.S. 

Lastly, even if a class has one of the WAYS designations described above, it's still crucial that the class fits into your course of study in a meaningful and cohesive way. A class on Biomechanical Engineering, for example, might be considered B.S. eligible but probably wouldn't get approved for someone with an Area of Concentration in Healthcare Policy and International Human Rights. 

Category 2: B.S. Approved non-WAYS Courses

The Program in Human Biology has cultivated a list of commonly used courses which don't have a WAYS designation from Category 1 but are eligible towards the B.S. specific unit requirements (this list is NON-EXHAUSTIVE):

HumBio 112 - Conservation Biology: A Latin American Perspective

HumBio 114 - Global Change and Emerging Infectious Disease

HumBio 131 - Kinesiology

HumBio 133 - Human Physiology

HumBio 135 - Exercise Physiology

HumBio 135S - Applied Topics in Exercise Physiology

HumBio 136 - Human Physiology Laboratory

HumBio 139S - Sport and Exercise Medicine

HumBio 140 - Sex and Gender in Human Physiology and Disease

HumBio 151R - Biology, Health, and Big Data

HumBio 154B - Principles of Epidemiology, with an emphasis on women's health

HumBio 155H - Humans and Viruses I

HumBio 161 - The Neurobiology of Sleep

HumBio 163 - The Opioid Epidemic

HumBio 164 - Autism Spectrum Disorders

HumBio 57 - Epidemic Intelligence: How to Identify, Investigate, and Interrupt Outbreaks of Disease


Appphys 293 - Theoretical Neuroscience

Bio 101 - Ecology

Bio 104 - Advanced Molecular Biology

Bio 123A - Cell and Developmental Biology I

Bio 123B - Cell and Developmental Biology II

Bio 124 - Topics in Cancer Biology

Bio 145 - Ecology and Evolution of Animal Behavior

Bio 151 - Mechanisms of Neuron Death

Bio 154 - Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology

Bio 168 - Explorations in Stem Cell Biology

Bio 171 - Principles of Cell Cycle Control

Bio 204 - Neuroplasticity: from Synapses to Behavior

Bio 222 - Exploring Neural Circuits

Bio 230 - Molecular and Cellular Immunology

BIO 267 - Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Disease

BioE 51 - Anatomy for Bioengineers

BioE 260 - Tissue Engineering

CBio 101 - Cancer Biology

CBio 240 - Molecular Genetic Basis of Cancer

DBIO 210 - Developmental Biology

Educ 266 - Educational Neuroscience

GENE 247 - Genomic Approaches to the Study of Human Disease

GENE 271 - Human Molecular Genetics

GENE 272 - Introduction to Molecular Genetics

HRP 231 - Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

HRP 238 - Genes and Environment in Disease Causation: Implications for Medicine and Public Health

IMMUNOL 205 - Immunology in Health and Disease

IMMUNOL 275 - Tumor Immunology

MCP 126 -  Neurons and Disease

ME 80 - Mechanics of Materials

ME 104 - Mechanical Systems Design (previously ME 112)

ME 234 - Introduction to Neuromechanics

ME 281 - Biomechanics of Movement

MI 104 - Innate Immunology

MI 210 - Advanced Pathogenesis of Bacteria, Viruses and Eukaryotic Parasites

MUSIC 251: Psychophysics and Music Cognition

NBio 206 - The Nervous System

OSPAUSTL 25 - Freshwater Systems

OSPAUSTL 30 - Coastal Forest Ecosystems

Psych 204A - Human Neuroimaging Methods

Psych 232 - Brain and Decision Making

Psych 234 - Topics in Depression

Soc 278 - Introduction to Computational Social Science

Surg 101 - Regional Study of Human Structure

Surg 101A - Head and Neck Anatomy 

Category 3: Student Petition

Although we've tried to capture the majority of courses that students will want to use for the B.S. degree in categories 1 and 2, we're aware that some courses might have slipped under our radar.  So, we've automatically tagged a handful of courses that don't fit in the above categories as 'TBD' on our course planning tool, SFACT. If in the process of building your course of study you come across a course that is marked 'TBD' and you think it should be eligible towards the B.S. unit requirements, you can petition our Student Services and Advising team to have it become eligible. If a petition is successful, that course's status will be updated to count towards the B.S. for all Human Biology students. 

NOTE: If a course is listed as 'HB-BA' on SFACT and doesn't have a WAYS designation on ExploreCourses, that means we have already evaluated that course and will not accept further petitions for it. 

In order to submit a petition for a class, please send an email to Lia Cacciari ( titled "CourseDept+Number Review HumBio BS" (e.g. "HumBio 2A Review HumBio BS")  and include the current syllabus for that class as an attachment. If you don't have access to a digital version of the syllabus, you will need to drop off a physical copy of the syllabus with student services in Bldg 20 - Room 21D or 21E.