UCLA » College » Life Sciences » Institute for Society and Genetics » Academics » Undergraduate » Major


Human Biology & Society, B.A.

Human Biology & Society, B.S.

The Human Biology and Society major

Human Biology and Society, B.A. and Human Biology and Society, B.S. provide an interdisciplinary approach to learning about current issues at the intersections of human biology, genomics and society.

Our major degrees attempt to bridge the gap between life sciences and humanities/social sciences, generating an interdisciplinary perspective needed to address many important and current questions of ethics, history, and public policy about food and nutrition, genetics research and commercialization, genetic origins and relatedness of human populations, medical privacy rights, etc. For example, 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 ‘race’ and ‘identity?’  How does commercialization impact academic research?  If questions like these interest you, then the Human Biology and Society major may be an important opportunity for you.

Human Biology and Society, B.S. is good preparation for careers in medicine, public health, and other health services fields.

Human Biology and Society, B.A. is good preparation for careers in health, law, business, academia, and public policy.

Information for Pre-major/Prospective Students
Information for currently declared Human Biology and Society students


FALL 2016 HBS APPLICATIONS now available
Deadline: 3:00PM Friday, October 7, 2016 (Week 2)

Class of 2018 applicants may apply to our Human Biology and Society major this Fall only if you did not apply during our Spring 2016 application cycle. Incoming transfer students who want to switch majors to Human Biology and Society B.A. or B.S. may also apply this Fall quarter, but no later.

There are likely to be very few seats available, and only the most exceptional applicants are likely to be accepted.

Please make sure to read through our FAQ document, and submit the completed application with your DARS report to Cyndi Tando (ctando@socgen.ucla.edu) by the deadline. She will reply back with a confirmation once the application is received.

Human Biology and Society, B.A. Application
Human Biology and Society, B.S. Application
FAQs for the 2016 HBS Fall Application 

Tip: If you have issues clicking on the form to fill it out, use your arrow keys or the ‘tab’ key to navigate the form.



A new Life Science 7 series (7ABC) will begin in Fall 2016 with limited enrollment, and the current LS 1-4 series will phase out by Fall 2017/Winter 2018. Please read the LS Core website’s FAQ for further information.

Undergraduate Counselor:
Cyndi Tando, ctando@socgen.ucla.edu (310) 206-1890
Life Sciences Building 3360C
Office Hours: 9:00-11:00am, 1:00-4:00pm
Week 1-2 of quarter: Drop-in basis; Week 3 and beyond: Appointment basis