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Human Biology and Society, B.A. and B.S.

The Spring 2018 Human Biology and Society major application deadline has now passed. 


 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

Undergraduate Counselor:
The Institute for Society and Genetics Undergraduate Counselor position is currently vacant. Please check back at a later time for an updated contact.

During this time, please send all inquiries about our Human Biology and Society major and Society and Genetics minor to advising@socgen.ucla.edu, and they will be responded to at the earliest opportunity.

To meet with an Academic Counselor, please visit your respective full-time counseling unit:

  • College Academic Counseling
    • A-316 Murphy Hall, (310) 825-3382, Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30
    • https://cac.ucla.edu/about-cac/contact-us/
    • Window 1: to meet with a College Academic Mentor (for appointments, same-day or advancement appointments available)
    • Window 2: to meet with a Full Time Counselor (for appointments, same day only)
    • ASK counselors: Stop by to ask questions about rules & regulations, deadlines, referrals, petitions. Locations are listed on the link above.
  • Academic Advancement Program
    • 1205 Campbell Hall, (310) 825-1481, Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30
    • Appointments: same-day and in-advance available. Call or drop by the front desk
  • Honors Program
  • Student Athletics