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The Human Biology and Society major degrees provide an interdisciplinary education in current issues at the intersections of human biology, genomics and society.
Has human history changed your DNA? What issues are raised by genetic modification of our food crops and animals? Who owns your body? How expansive is your right to medical and genetic privacy? What are the individual and social consequences of personalized genetic medicine? What, if anything, can human biology and genetics tell us about such complex concepts as ‘race’ and ‘identity?’ Does commercialization threaten academic research? If questions like these interest you, then the Human Biology and Society major may be an important opportunity for you.
Students in the major specialize in one of five areas: Bioethics and Public Science Policy; Medicine and Public Health; Evolutionary Biology, Culture and Behavior; Population Genetics and History; and Historical and Social Studies of Science. Community internship, research apprenticeship, and capstone seminar are mandated as well.
The Human Biology and Society major is good preparation for a variety of careers, including medicine, law, business, academia, and public policy.