Human Biology

Many fields, including those in the health professions and medical social sciences, increasingly require training in both the biological sciences and the social sciences. The human biology major is designed to fill this need. Biology courses in such areas as genetics, evolution, animal behavior, neurobiology, anatomy and physiology are most appropriate, while courses in the social sciences will depend more heavily on the student's career goals. For instance, students interested in ethnobotany might select courses in plant systematics and cultural anthropology; those interested in physical therapy would find neurophysiology appropriate; students interested in medicine and cross-cultural health and healing would take such courses as science, politics and alternative medicine; sociology of health and medicine; healers, doctors and the brain, etc. It is expected that the students will formulate a coherent program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing a major in the Human Biology major should demonstrate the ability to:

  • 1. Use foundational principles to analyze problems in nature.
  • 2. Develop hypotheses and test them using quantitative techniques.
  • 3. Articulate applications of science in the modern world.
  • 4. Effectively communicate scientific concepts both verbally and in writing.
  • 5. The aforementioned learning outcomes are identical to the general learning outcomes for all JSD majors.

Additional Learning Outcomes specific to the Human biology Major are for students to:

  • 1. Have some understanding of the origins of human structure, physiology and behavior.
  • 2. Have some understanding of human interactions with each other and with their environment.

Cross-Cultural Health and Healing Option

Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • 1. Identify, describe, understand and evaluate traditional, cultural, and/or indigenous (non-allopathic) healing modalities.
  • 2. Critically identify, discuss, and evaluate micro- and macro-level issues affecting medical practice in local, global, and community health settings.
  • 3. Demonstrate their understanding of course material and its linkages to their participation in an internship or practicum experience.
  • 4. Create and develop a comprehensive senior thesis research project that integrates their study and experience.

Learn more about the Human Biology major at the Keck Science Department Website.