Major

The Human Biology and Society Major

The Human Biology and Society, B.A. and Human Biology and Society, B.S. majors 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; public policy about food and nutrition; genetics research and commercialization; genetic origins and relatedness of human populations; medical privacy right; 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.

The Human Biology and Society, B.A. is good preparation for careers in health, law, business, academia, and public policy. The Human Biology and Society, B.S. is good preparation for careers in medicine, public health, and other health services fields.

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