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Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology

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Majors and Concentrations

Bachelor’s degree requirements in biology are modified as necessary. Current requirements are available in the KUUB office and online. Major programs are offered in biochemistry, biology, human biology, and microbiology. Students may choose to concentrate in a range of specialties in the biological sciences, such as botany, cellular biology, developmental biology, environmental biology, ecology, entomology, genetics, marine biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, paleontology, physiology, systematics, or zoology (invertebrate or vertebrate).

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First- and Second-Year Preparation

Because biology study requires preparation in other sciences, students should begin meeting major requirements in the first year. It is particularly important to take CHEM 184 and CHEM 188 in the first year and, for several majors, to take CHEM 624, CHEM 625, CHEM 626, and CHEM 627 in the second year. Ideally, most majors should also take BIOL 150 and BIOL 152 during the first year. Students who have taken BIOL 100 and BIOL 102, have earned an A or B in both courses, and have decided to major in a biological science should consult a KUUB adviser to request permission to substitute BIOL 100 and BIOL 102 for BIOL 150.

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Requirements for the B.A. Major in Human Biology

The curriculum builds from a broad background of general science courses and adds depth in a set of 5 specialized disciplines. Courses in the disciplines emphasize topics related to humans and provide a solid understanding of each field of knowledge.

For general requirements for the B.A. degree, see CLAS General Education Degree Requirements on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements page.

Students must complete at least 124 hours (45 junior/senior hours) to graduate and must choose 1 concentration from the 5 areas:

  • Anthropology,
  • Applied behavioral science,
  • Biology,
  • Psychology,
  • Speech-language-hearing science.
General Science Requirements 33 hours minimum

*BIOL 570 is recommended for the anthropology and biology concentrations.

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Anthropology

Anthropology Concentration 30 hours minimum
  • Organic Chemistry: CHEM 622 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3) or
    CHEM 624 Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 625 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (2)
  • Cell Biology: BIOL 416 Cell Structure and Function (3)
  • Genetics: BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics (3)
  • Seminar: BIOL 599 Senior Seminar: Human Biology (must be taken in senior year) (1)

Complete 2 of the following 4 categories: (18-21 hours)

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (12 hours)
    BIOL 417 Biology of Development (3)
    9 hours selected from the following courses: (9)
    ANTH 542 Biology of Human Nutrition
    ANTH 648 Human Osteology
    ANTH 650 Human Reproduction: Biology and Behavior
    BIOL 426 Laboratory in Cell Biology
    BIOL 440 Advanced Human Anatomy (lecture and lab)
    BIOL 600 Introductory Biochemistry, Lectures (lab BIOL 637)
    BIOL 646 Mammalian Physiology (lab BIOL 647)
  • Human Population Biology (9 hours selected from the following courses):
    ANTH 340 Human Variation and Evolution
    ANTH 442 Anthropological Genetics
    ANTH 544 Origins of Native Americans
    ANTH 545 Contemporary Health Issues in Africa
    ANTH 652 Population Dynamics
  • Human Adaptation and Evolution (9 hours selected from the following courses):
    ANTH 350 Human Adaptation
    ANTH 352 Controversies on the Living and the Dead
    ANTH 450 Disease and Adaptation
    ANTH 503 Topics in Biological Anthropology
    ANTH 549 Human Paleontology: Fossil Apes to Australopithecus
    ANTH 550 Human Paleontology: Homo Erectus to Homo Sapiens
  • Human Biology and Behavior (9 hours selected from the following courses):
    ANTH 359 Anthropology of Sex
    ANTH 447 Human Behavioral Genetics
    ANTH 461 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
    ANTH 754 Biological Bases of Human Behavior
    PSYC 370 Brain and Behavior
    PSYC 536 The Psychology of Language
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Applied Behavioral Science

Applied Behavioral Science Concentration 32 hours minimum
  • Genetics: BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics (3)
  • Behavioral Science: ABSC 100 Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science (3)
  • Development: ABSC 160 Introduction to Child Behavior and Development (3) or
    PSYC 333 Child Development (3)
  • Research Methods: ABSC 308 Research Methods and Application (4)
  • Seminar: BIOL 599 Senior Seminar: Human Biology (must be taken in senior year) (1)

Complete 2 of the following 4 categories: (18 hours)

  • Applied Behavioral Science (9 hours)
    ABSC 304 The Principles and Procedures of Behavior Modification and Therapy (3)
    6 hours selected from the following courses: (6)
    ABSC 150 Community Leadership and
    ABSC 310/ABSC 311 Building Healthy Communities
    (prerequisite: ABSC 150)
    ABSC 350 The Behavioral Treatment of Children with Autism
    ABSC 410 Behavioral Approaches in Working with Adolescents
    ABSC 437 Independent Living and People with Disabilities
  • Development: Typical and Atypical (9 hours)
    ABSC 632 Advanced Child Behavior and Development (3)
    6 hours selected from the following courses: (6)
    ABSC 535/PSYC 535 Developmental Psychopathology
    ABSC 565 Applied Developmental Psychology
    BIOL 417 Biology of Development
  • Biology of Behavior (9 hours)
    BIOL 408 Physiology of Organisms (3)
    6 hours selected from the following courses: (6)
    ANTH 542 Biology of Human Nutrition
    BIOL 435 Introduction to Neurobiology
    BIOL 440 Advanced Human Anatomy (lecture and lab)
    BIOL 454 Brain Diseases and Neurological Disorders
    BIOL 646 Mammalian Physiology (lab BIOL 647)
    PSYC 370 Brain and Behavior
    PSYC 380 Brain and Pathology
  • Evolution, Culture, and Behavior (9 hours)
    BIOL 412 Evolutionary Biology (3)
    6 hours selected from the following courses: (6)
    ANTH 341 Human Evolution
    ANTH 415 The Rise of Civilization
    ANTH 650 Human Reproduction: Biology and Behavior
    ANTH 661 Cultural Dynamics
    BIOL 410/GEOG 410 Human Biogeography, Honors
    BIOL 550 Introduction to Systematics
    BIOL 625 Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
    BIOL 652 Comparative Animal Behavior

All students are encouraged to take BIOL 412 Evolutionary Biology. Although space is limited, an ABSC research practicum course is strongly recommended (e.g., ABSC 499, ABSC 679, ABSC 698). ABSC courses are suggested for fulfilling the requirements, but students are encouraged to explore the offerings of other departments participating in the program.

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Biology

Biology Concentration 31 hours minimum
  • Organic Chemistry: CHEM 622 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3) or
    CHEM 624 Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 625 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (2)
  • Physics: PHSX 115 College Physics II (4) or
    PHSX 212 General Physics II (4)
  • Genetics: BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics (3)
  • Seminar: BIOL 599 Senior Seminar: Human Biology (must be taken in senior year) (1)

Complete 2 of the following 4 categories (Course selections must include at least 3 hours of laboratory credit): (18-19 hours)

  • Evolution, Ecology, and Adaptation (9 hours)
    BIOL 412 Evolutionary Biology (3)
    6 hours selected from the following courses: (6)
    ANTH 340 Human Variation and Evolution
    ANTH 341 Human Evolution
    ANTH 350 Human Adaptation
    ANTH 652 Population Dynamics
    BIOL 410 Human Biogeography, Honors
    BIOL 414 Principles of Ecology
    BIOL 668 Evolutionary Ecology
    PSYC 555 Evolutionary Psychology
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Psychology

Psychology Concentration 30 hours minimum
  • Organic Chemistry: CHEM 622 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3) or
    CHEM 624 Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 625 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (2)
  • Genetics: BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics (3)
  • Research Methods: PSYC 200 Research Methods in Psychology (3)
  • Seminar: BIOL 599 Senior Seminar: Human Biology (must be taken in senior year) (1)

Complete 2 of the following 4 categories: (18 hours)

  • Human Cognition and Language (9 hours)
    PSYC 318 Cognitive Psychology (3)
    6 hours selected from the following courses: (6)
    PSYC 418 Introduction to Cognitive Science
    PSYC 482 Sensation and Perception
    PSYC 518 Human Memory
    PSYC 531 Language Development
    PSYC 536 The Psychology of Language
    SPLH 466 Language Science
    SPLH 566 Language Development
  • Neuroscience (9 hours selected from the following courses):
    PSYC 370 Brain and Behavior
    PSYC 380 Brain and Pathology
    PSYC 475 Cognitive Neuroscience
    ANTH 650 Human Reproduction: Biology and Behavior
    BIOL 435 Introduction to Neurobiology
    BIOL 454 Brain Diseases and Neurological Disorders
    SPLH 320 Introduction to the Neuroscience of Human Communication

Psychology courses are recommended for fulfilling at least some of the requirements, but students are also strongly encouraged to explore offerings of other departments participating in the program.

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Speech-Language-Hearing Science

Speech-Language-Hearing Science Concentration 29 hours minimum
  • Physics: SPLH 120 The Physics of Speech (4) or
    PHSX 115 College Physics II (4)
  • Research Methods: SPLH 660 Research Methods in Speech-Language-Hearing (3)
  • Genetics: BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics (3)
  • Seminar: BIOL 599 Senior Seminar: Human Biology (must be taken in senior year) (1)

Complete 2 of the following 4 categories: (18-19 hours)

  • Development and Genetics (9 hours)
    BIOL 417 Biology of Development (3)
    6 hours selected from the following courses: (6)
    ANTH 762 Human Growth and Development
    BIOL 405 Laboratory in Genetics
    BIOL 416 Cell Structure and Function
    BIOL 595 Human Genetics
    PSYC 333 Child Development
    PSYC 430 Cognitive Development
    SPLH 464 Undergraduate Seminar in Infant Development
    SPLH 764 Seminar in Infant Development
    SPLH 466 Language Science
    SPLH 566 Language Development
  • Anatomy and Physiology (10 hours)
    BIOL 646 Mammalian Physiology (3)
    6 hours selected from the following courses: (6)
    BIOL 440 Advanced Human Anatomy (lecture and lab)
    BIOL 647 Mammalian Physiology Laboratory
    SPLH 662 Principles of Speech Science
    SPLH 663 Principles of Hearing Science
    HSES 672 Exercise Physiology
  • Neuroscience (9 hours)
    BIOL 408 Physiology of Organisms (3)
    6 hours selected from the following courses: (6)
    BIOL 435 Introduction to Neurobiology
    PSYC 370 Brain and Behavior
    PSYC 380 Brain and Pathology
    PSYC 475 Cognitive Neuroscience
    SPLH 320 Introduction to the Neuroscience of Human Communication
    SPLH 464 Undergraduate Seminar in Neural Bases of Speech and Voice
    SPLH 464 Undergraduate Seminar in Speech Motor Control
  • Research Practicum (9 hours selected from the following courses):
    SPLH 464 Undergraduate Seminar in Circuit Theory and Bioinstrumentation
    SPLH 449 Laboratory/Field Work in Human Biology
    (Topics: Orofacial Neurophysiology, Deep Brain Stimulation in Progressive Neuromotor Disease, Perceptual Neuroscience and Functional Brain Imaging, Neuroscience of the Premature Human Infant, Brain-Behavior Mapping of Language)
    SPLH 499 Directed Study in Speech-Language-Hearing

SPLH courses are recommended for the Speech-Language-Hearing Science Concentration for fulfilling the requirements in each area. Research practicum courses must be arranged with the course instructor before enrollment.

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