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Human Biology and Society, B.A. and B.S.
Major Applications are now available


Only Class of 2020 students may apply

Deadline: THURSDAY, APRIL 12, by 3:00PM

Please submit completed applications to advising@socgen.ucla.edu, and you will receive a confirmation email once received

Please read through the FAQs first for any questions, and any additional questions be sent to Cyndi Tando at ctando@socgen.ucla.edu

Human Biology and Society, B.A. Application

Human Biology and Society, B.S. Application

FAQs about the HBS major application

 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




UPDATED June 15, 2017. Email from LS Core Office:

Below please find important information regarding enrollment in the LS 1-4 and LS 7 series.  Please read through this information thoroughly; if you have any questions, please direct them to the Life Science Core office at lscore@lifesci.ucla.edu.  Thank you.


Complete the sequence.  The timeline for offering these courses is scheduled as follows:

  • LS 1 – will be offered in Fall Quarter 2017.  If you need this course, we strongly encourage that you take the course this term.
  • LS 2 – will be offered in the Fall Quarter 2017 and Winter Quarter 2018.  We strongly encourage that you take this course by Winter 2018.
  • LS 3/ LS 4 – Both courses will be offered Fall Quarter 2017, Winter Quarter 2018, and Spring Quarter 2018.  We strongly encourage that you take these courses by Spring 2018.
  • LS 23L – is not being eliminated.  Students are, however, encouraged to complete LS 23L no later than Winter Quarter 2018.  During this transition we expect a large number of students to take LS 23L starting in Spring 2018, therefore if you have the opportunity you should take it before then (ex: Summer 2017, Fall 2017 or Winter 2018).

Any student who has conflicts with enrolling in these courses according to the timelines above should contact the Life Science Core office; every effort will be made to insure that students complete the series at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year.

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