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updated 1-28-14

(Effective Class 2015 and beyond) 

  1. Core Courses:

    All majors are required to complete the following four classes:

       RELG 2650       Theology, Ethics and Medicine
       BIOL 3000         Cell Biology
       BIOL 3010         Genetics & Molecular Biology
       PHS 2050          Introduction to Public Health

    Students are strongly encouraged to complete RELG 2650 and PHS 2050 by the end of their second year. It is desirable that all core classes be completed no later than the end of the third year.

  2. Required Science Elective Credits (Two courses):

    In addition to the Biology core classes, all majors are required to complete two additional upper level courses in advanced science. Courses can be taken from Biology, Public Health Sciences, or an appropriate related natural science discipline (by approval).

    At least one course must be from Biology (BIOL) and be at the 3000-level or higher. Public Health Sciences courses used to meet the elective credit must be at the 5000-level or higher. Students are encouraged to take at least one laboratory based course at the 3000-level or higher.

    Students interested in professional school (Medical, Dental, etc.) should consider taking BIOL 5010 (Biochemistry) to fulfill this requirement.

    Courses in Biology designated as Selected Topics (BIOL 3850, BIOL 3860), Independent Research (BIOL 4911-4918), and Independent Research in Human Biology (HBIO 4950-4960) cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

    Courses taken outside of Biology (e.g., CHEM, ENVS, etc.) may not be substituted for BIOL courses to meet this requirement and non-college courses (such as HES courses) can not be applied.

    PHS classes fulfilling this requirement must be non-policy based, and approved by the Program Director.

    Courses in other Departments within the college, and courses outside of the college (for example, courses taught through the Curry School (e.g., Kinesiology)) require approval by the Program Director.

    Biology electives should be chosen based on the student's interests and in consultation with the Program Director and, if relevant, their thesis advisor. Students are strongly advised to take biology courses that deal as directly with their research topics as possible.

  3. Required Third Year Coursework in Public Health Sciences:

    Fall Term: PHS 5050 Public Health Law, Ethics & Policy
         or approved equivalent course designated by the program

    Spring Term: PHS 5130 Introduction to Public Health Research Methods
         or approved equivalent course designated by the program

    Human Biology majors are required to complete PHS 5050 and PHS 5130 during their third, or the approved (designated) alternative classes being offered during their Third Year. PHS 5050 and PHS 5130 are only offered in the Fall and Spring semesters respectively, so students need to plan their schedule accordingly.

  4. Fourth Year Capstone Seminar Series and Thesis Research (two semesters each):

    Fall:      HBIO 4810 Capstone Seminar in Human Biology I (2 hrs)
                 HBIO 4998 Thesis Research in Human Biology I (1 credit)

    Spring: HBIO 4820 Capstone Seminar in Human Biology II (2 hrs)
                 HBIO 4999 Thesis Research in Human Biology II (1 credit)

    All Fourth Year Human Biology majors are required to be enrolled in and successfully complete both Fall and Spring semesters of the Capstone Seminar in Human Biology (HBIO 4810 and HBIO 4820) and two semesters of independent research under faculty supervision (HBIO 4998 and HBIO 4999). Both semesters of HBIO 4810 and HBIO 4820 will be letter graded; the first semester of HBIO 4998 is graded S/U; the second semester (HBIO 4999) will be letter graded.

  5. Required Humanities Elective Credits: (Three courses)

    Majors are required to complete three 3000-level or higher courses from the humanities and social sciences. Courses used to fulfill this requirement are relevant to bioethics, healthcare economics, etc. A wide variety of courses are available that could potentially fulfill this area, but those dealing with bioethics, health economics, global health policy, etc., are preferred.

    When in doubt about the applicability of a course to fulfilling this requirement it is best to seek approval from the Program Director in order to assure that the credits will count toward the degree.

    A number of 5000-level Public Health Sciences courses can also be used to fulfill this requirement.

    Examples of courses that could be taken include, but are not limited to, the following: PHIL 3590 Research Ethics, RELG 3860 Human Bodies and Parts as Property, and PHIL 4530 Ethics in Human Reproduction, ECON 4160 Economics of Health Care, PHIL 3650 Justice and Health Care, or SOC 4260 Health Care Systems.

Independent Research in Human Biology (Optional credits -- Third Year only)

Students carrying out independent research related to their thesis in the Third Year can sign up for credit by enrolling in the following classes:

          Independent Research in Human Biology HBIO 4950 (2 credits per semester)

          Independent Research in Human Biology HBIO 4960 (2 credits per semester)

Note: These classes do not replace the fourth year HBIO 4998, 4999 Thesis research requirements or science elective credits.

General Prerequisite Classes:

Students entering the Human Biology Major Program need to have completed the following courses:

Two semesters of college level General Biology: BIOL 2010, BIOL 2020 (lab optional)

Two semesters of college level Inorganic Chemistry with lab: CHEM 1410/1411 (or CHEM 1810/1811), and CHEM 1420/1421 (or CHEM 1820/1821).

One course in college level Calculus or Statistics:
A number of courses are acceptable to meet this requirement. These include: MATH 1310, MATH 1320, STAT 1110, STAT 2559, STAT 2120, SOC 3110, PSYC 3005, PSYC 3006, ECON 3710, ANTH 5589, EVSC 5030.

Advanced Placement (AP) credit can be applied to fulfill one or more of these pre-requisites.

College Requirements

All Human Biology DMP students are required to meet the general requirements for graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. Students are not exempt from foreign language, humanities, or writing requirements (excepting Echols students). Students must successfully complete the minimum 120 credit hours to graduate. Students are also subject to the same restrictions for taking classes outside of the College as all other students in the College of Arts and Sciences.
See the Undergraduate Record for a complete listing of all restrictions and requirements.


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