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Human Biology Major Requirements

The Core (30 Units)

  • Core sequences (2A/B, 3A/B, 4A/B) introduce the biological and social sciences, and the relationship between them
  • Students should begin the Core in Autumn Quarter of sophomore year
  • Freshmen not permitted to enroll
  • Majors (and Minors) must earn a minimum LETTER grade of C-

     


    Fall 2A: Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology: MTWTh: 9:30-10:20 am
    Fall 2B: Culture, Evolution, and Society: MTWTh: 10:30-11:20 am

    Winter 3A: Cell and Developmental Biology: MTWTh: 9:30-10:20 am
    Winter 3B: Behavior, Health, and Development: MTWTh: 10:30-11:20 am

    Spring 4A: The Human Organism: MTWTh: 9:30-10:20 am
    Spring 4B: Environmental and Health Policy Analysis: MTWTh: 
    10:30-11:20 am

    The Core introduces the biological and social sciences, and the relationship between them. Normally taken during the Sophomore year, the Human Biology Core is the center of the HumBio major. The Core consists of two courses taken each quarter for a full year, one of which focuses on the biological sciences (the “A” side), while the other focuses on the social sciences (the “B” side). Upon completion of this sequence, students will have gained a broad and integrated perspective on the human organism and the many crucial issues facing the world today, from child development to molecular biology to international health and environmental issues.

     

Breadth Requirement (20-25 Units)

  • Chosen as a basis for and to give breadth to the student's chosen HumBio topic ("area of concentration")
  • May include introductory-level courses, lab courses, and practica
  • May include a maximum of 10 premed units (chemistry, physics, and calculus series and biology labs)
  • A minimum of C- is required if taken for a letter grade (may be taken for S/NC)
  • May include a maximum of 10 units transferred from another institution
  • For the BS: Coursework is predominantly in the natural sciences, mathematics, and/or computer science and engineering with a minimum of 10 units designated as (or commensurate with) Ways for SMA, AQR and FR.
    For the BA: Coursework is predominantly in the social sciences and humanities, with a minimum of 10 units of courses designated as (or commensurate with) Ways for AII, ED, ER, and SI.

Depth Requirement (20-25 Units)

  • Minimum of 5 courses
  • Chosen for depth of knowledge in the student's chosen HumBio topic ("area of concentration")
  • Upper-level (non-introductory and normally numbered over 100)
  • 3 or more departments must be represented
  • Each course must be taken for a minimum of 3 units
  • A minimum LETTER grade of C- is required for each course
  • May include a maximum of 6 units transferred from another institution
  • View some resources for finding courses here:
    Finding Courses
  • View sample courses here:
    List of Depth Courses
  • For the BS: Coursework is predominantly in the natural sciences, mathematics, and/or computer science and engineering with a minimum of 5 courses (between Depth and at most 2 Upper Division courses) designated as (or commensurate with) Ways for SMA, AQR and FR.
    For the BA: Coursework is predominantly in the social sciences and humanities with a minimum of 5 courses (between Depth and at most 2 Upper Division courses) to include courses designated as (or commensurate with) Ways for AII, ED, ER, and SI.

Upper Division (9-15 Units)

  • 3 HumBio upper-division courses numbered 100 to 189
  • May include “Cognate Courses” in the HumBio section of the Stanford Bulletin
  • Courses must be taken for a minimum of 3 units
  • A minimum LETTER grade of C- is required for each course (1 course may be taken for S/NC)
  • 1 course may be cross-listed with the Depth Requirement courses if these reach 18 units before cross-listing
  • No units may be transferred in

Statistics (3-5 Units)

  • May be selected from courses such as: HUMBIO 85A, HUMBIO 88, HUMBIO 89, CME 106 (ENGR 155C), CS 109, ECON 102A, EDUC 400A, HRP 259, HRP 262, SOC 181B, STATS 116, STATS 141 (BIOSCI 141)
  • STATS 60 (or a course equivalent transferred from another institution) may not count for students declaring as of Autumn Quarter 2015
  • Must be taken for a LETTER grade; a minimum C- is required.

Capstone (1-7 Units)

  • Human Biology Practicum (HUMBIO 191) consists of five workshops including written reflection and presentation based on community-engaged service, research, or pre-professional experience. 1 unit; fulfills the Capstone Requirement for the major, (Graded S/NC.  Co-requisite of Human Biology Synthesis.)
  • Human Biology Synthesis (HUMBIO 192) expands the work of the Human Biology Practicum in a culminating, create work of scholarship based on a synthesis of personal and academic interests, including service projects.  (Graded Letter.  By application.)
  • Human Biology Honors (HUMBIO 194) fulfills the Capstone requirement as well
  • Also fulfills the Capstone Requirement:  Interdisciplinary Honors, Biology Senior Reflection, Notation in Science Communication.

Total Units (83-107)