Pre-majors & Prospective Students
HBS, B.A. premajor
HBS, B.S. premajor
Two social theory courses from: American Indian Studies M10, Anthropology 9, Asian American Studies 20, Gender Studies 10, *General Education Cluster courses M1A through 80CW, Geography 3, History 3C, Honors Collegium 70A, Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology 40, 50, 60, Philosophy 4, 6, 8, 22 or 22W, Public Policy 10A, Sociology 1, M5
Two social theory courses from: American Indian Studies M10, Anthropology 9, Asian American Studies 20, Gender Studies 10, *General Education Cluster courses M1A through 80CW, Geography 3, History 3C, Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology 40, 50, 60, Philosophy 4, 6, 8, 22 or 22W, Public Policy 10A, Sociology 1, M5
Chem 14A, 14B, 14BL, 14C, 14D; or
Life Sciences 1 and 2; or
Life Sciences 1, 2, 3, 4, and 23L; or
Statistics 10 or 13
Statistics 10 or 13 (if LS 30AB taken, Stats 13)
Math 3A, 3B, 3C; or MATH 31A, 31B, 32A; or Life Sciences 30A, 30B (if LIFESCI 30A+30B, then you must take Statistics 13)
Physics 6A, 6B, 6C; or 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL, 4BL
* Two quarters of the General Education cluster may count as two social theory courses. Includes: GE CLST M1A, M1B, M1CW, 20A, 20B, 20CW, 21A, 21B, 21CW, 22A, 22B, 22CW, 23A, 23B, 23CW, M24A, M24B, M24CW, 25A, 25B, 25CW, 26A, 26B, 26CW, 30A, 30B, 30CW, 60A, 60B, 60CW, 66A, 66B, 66CW, 70A, 70B, 70CW, M71B, M71CW, M72B, M72CW, 73A, 73B, 73CW, 80A, 80B, 80CW
For Students Admitted to UCLA as Freshmen
Human Biology & Society, B.A. and B.S. major applications for Spring 2017 are now available
Only Class of 2019 students may apply
Deadline: THURSDAY, APRIL 13, by 3:00PM
(Week 2 Thursday of Spring 2017)
Visit http://socgen.ucla.edu/academics/undergraduate/major-2/ to download the application.
How to declare pre-major:
Incoming first year students can select premajor status at time of application to UCLA or during Summer Orientation. All others should first complete Society and Genetics 5 (or M71A, or M72A), and then contact our Student Affairs Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
All premajors must apply for admission to the major in early sophomore spring. Admission is not guaranteed.
How to become a major
Admission to HBS B.A. and HBS B.S. is by application and competitive. Apply during sophomore Spring. Applications filed after sophomore Spring will be competing for a sharply reduced number of seats available in the program. No applications will be accepted after Junior Fall quarter.
You may apply for either HBS B.A. or HBS B.S., but not both. HBS B.A. applicants must complete all premajor courses by the end of sophomore Spring, with a cumulative premajor GPA of 2.90 or better. HBS B.S. applicants must complete at least 13 premajor courses (including SOC GEN 5/GE CLUSTER M71A/MB72A) by the end of sophomore Spring, with a premajor GPA of 2.50 or better; those admitted to HBS B.S. must complete any remaining premajor courses before graduation.
All applications are decided by an admissions committee of Institute for Society and Genetics faculty. Applications submitted during sophomore Spring quarter will be decided by about mid-Spring. All decisions of the ISG admissions committee are final; there is no appeal or re-application.
Our HBS B.S. program is designed for and aims to admit students whose interests and coursework are diverse and lie predominantly within the life sciences. HBS B.S. applicants should be good at science – i.e., generally B or better grades in math, chemistry, life sciences, physics.
Our HBS B.A. program is designed for and aims to admit students whose interests and coursework are diverse and lie predominantly within the humanities and social sciences. HBS B.A. applicants should be good at social science and humanities – i.e., generally B or better grades in non-science coursework.
Competitive nature of the application process
Demand for admission to both our HBS B.A. and HBS B.S. programs is very strong. In Spring 2016, we were able to increase the number of admits, but still only were able to admit 56% of 154 applications (non-transfer) from Class of 2018. Transfer admissions brings our combined B.A. and B.S. program size for Class of 2018 to roughly 100 students.
Admission is based substantially on your progress getting through the premajor coursework, on your grades, extracurricular activities, and your personal statement(s). Completion of course requirements or high GPA alone does not guarantee admission to the major. The typical applicant for HBS B.A. and also for HBS B.S. has a pre-major GPA above 3.0, and cumulative GPA of about 3.50.
To gain a seat in our major program, transfer students should indicate HBS B.A. or HBS B.S. as their major degree preference when they apply for admission to UCLA through the UCLA Undergraduate Admissions process, https://www.admissions.ucla.edu/prospect/adm_tr.htm. On acceptance to UCLA, transfer students admitted to the HBS B.A. or HBS B.S. programs will have “premajor” status; after meeting with our Student Affairs Officer during summer orientation, you will be switched to “major” standing with no additional application required.
Caution: Transfer Admission to our HBS B.A. and HBS B.S. programs is likely to be extremely competitive. You may view the profile of admitted transfer students by major for Fall 2016 here: http://www.admission.ucla.edu/prospect/Adm_tr/Tr_Prof16_mjr.htm Acceptance rate for transfer students into our major programs is therefore low, and is likely to remain low in the next application cycle. If admission to UCLA is your primary goal, then almost any other major program is likely to have a higher rate of transfer admission. You may wish to contact other departments to ask for their rate of transfer admission into their major programs.
Transfer students admitted to UCLA and who want to switch majors to Human Biology and Society B.A. or B.S., may apply to this major in early Fall quarter of the year they begin, and no later. Information about the Fall application process for newly arrived transfer students will be updated and posted on this webpage in summer.
Resources for Human Biology and Society
- HBS B.A. and HBS B.S. program requirements
- 4-year SAMPLE course plan for HBS B.A. and HBS B.S.
- Premajor in HBS BS compared with other BS programs
- SOC GEN tentative course offerings and descriptions
- For complete program description, see this link. A PDF version of the UCLA General Catalog is also available.
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For questions related to the Human Biology & Society major, contact:
Cyndi Tando (Undergraduate Counselor): email@example.com
Office Hours: 9-11am, 1-4pm
Location: Life Sciences Building 3360C
Weeks 1-2 of quarter: Drop-in basis
Weeks 3 and beyond: Appointment basis – please email.
For questions related to University & College requirements, please contact your full-time counselor:
College Academic Counseling (CAC)
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Academic Advancement Program (AAP)
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