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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


The deadline for the HBS APPLICATIONS have now passed.

The next opportunity for the Class of 2019 students to apply for the major will be in Spring 2017.  





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