Pre-Major Students

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Becoming a Pre-HBS major

For Students Admitted to UCLA as Freshmen:

How to declare pre-major:

Incoming first year students can select pre-HBS major status at time of application to UCLA or during Summer Orientation. All others can contact our Student Affairs Officer through Message Center* (Topic: Declaring pre-Human Biology and Society major). If you have completed Society and Genetics 5 or Cluster M71A or Cluster M72A, please mention this in your email.

All pre-HBS majors must apply for admission to the major in early sophomore spring. Admission is not guaranteed.

For Students Admitted to UCLA as Transfers:

How to declare pre-major:

Prospective transfer students can select the HBS major at time of application to UCLA. If admitted, student will automatically be declared into the Pre-HBS (BA or BS) major , depending on degree program applied to. Other incoming transfer students that would like to “switch into” the HBS major or Pre-HBS major need to apply to the major at the start of the Fall quarter of their first year at UCLA.

Transfer students can contact our Student Affairs Officer through Message Center* (Topic: Human Biology & Society major application process).

* Message Center link will require UCLA Log-In information. For prospective students, you can email isgacademics@g.ucla.edu. 


Note: Pre-HBS major requirements are different depending on when you were or are declared into the Pre-HBS major. If a student is declared into the Pre-HBS major starting Fall 2021 and onward they will need to complete the course requirements found under Pre-Major requirements (Starting Fall 2021). For students that are already declared into the Pre-HBS major but will be applying to be admitted into the HBS major as part of Class of 2023 and onward, they will also need to complete the course requirements found under Pre-Major requirements (Starting Fall 2021).

Pre-Major Requirements (Starting Fall 2021):

HBS, B.A. pre-major
(36-40 units)

HBS, B.S. pre-major
(88-101 units)

Society and Genetics 5 or Cluster M71A or 72A

Society and Genetics 5 or Cluster M71A or 72A

Anthropology 1

Anthropology 1

Four social theory courses from (at least 16.0 units): African American Studies 1, M5, 6, American Indian Studies M10, Anthropology 3, Asian American Studies 10 or 10W, 20 or 20W, 40 or 40W, 50 or 50W,  Chicana/o and Central American Studies 10A, 10B, *Cluster courses M1A through 80CW, English M30, Environment M30, Gender Studies 10, Geography 3, History 3A. 3B, 3C, 3D, 12A, 12B, 12C, Honors Collegium 70A, Labor Studies M1A, M1B, M1CW, 10, Molecular Cell and Developmental  Biology 50, 60, Philosophy 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 22 or 22W, Public Affairs 10, 20, 30, 80, Society and Genetics 85, Sociology 1, M5

Two social theory courses from: African American Studies M5, American Indian Studies M10, Anthropology 3, Asian American Studies 20 or 20W, Chicana/o and Central American Studies 10A, 10B, *Cluster courses M1A through 80CW, Gender Studies 10, Geography 3, History 3C, Molecular Cell and Developmental  Biology 40, 50, 60, Philosophy 4, 6, 8, 22 or 22W, Public Affairs 10, Society and Genetics 85, Sociology 1, M5

Chemistry 14A or 14AE

Chemistry 14A or 14AE, 14B or 14BE, 14BL, 14C, 14D; or
Chemistry 20A, 20B, 20L, 30A, 30AL, 30B

Life Sciences 7A, 7B, and 7C

Life Sciences 7A, 7B, 7C, and 23L

Statistics 10 or 13

Statistics 10 or 13 (if LS 30AB taken, Stats 13 or LS 40)

Math 3A, 3B, 3C; or MATH 31A or 31AL, 31B, 32A; or Life Sciences 30A, 30B (if LIFESCI 30A+30B, then you must take Statistics 13 or LS 40)

Physics 5A, 5B, 5C; or 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL, 4BL

Two quarters of the 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


Pre-Major Requirements (Before Fall 2021):

HBS, B.A. pre-major
(36-40 units)

HBS, B.S. pre-major
(88-101 units)

Society and Genetics 5 or Cluster M71A or 72A

Society and Genetics 5 or Cluster M71A or 72A

Anthropology 1

Anthropology 1

Two social theory courses from: American Indian Studies M10, Anthropology 3 (formerly 9), Asian American Studies 20,  Chicana/o Studies 10A, 10B, Gender Studies 10, *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, Society and Genetics 85, Sociology 1, M5

Two social theory courses from: American Indian Studies M10, Anthropology 3 (formerly 9), Asian American Studies 20, Chicana/o Studies 10A, 10B, Gender Studies 10, *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, Society and Genetics 85, Sociology 1, M5

Chemistry 14A

Chem 14A, 14B, 14BL, 14C, 14D; or
Chem 20A, 20B, 20L, 30A, 30AL, 30B

Life Sciences 7A, 7B, and 7C

Life Sciences 7A, 7B, 7C, and 23L

Statistics 10 or 13

Statistics 10 or 13 (if LS 30AB taken, Stats 13 or LS 40)

Math 3A, 3B, 3C; or MATH 31A, 31B, 32A; or Life Sciences 30A, 30B (if LIFESCI 30A+30B, then you must take Statistics 13 or LS 40)

Physics 5A, 5B, 5C; or 1A, 1B, 1C, 4AL, 4BL

Two quarters of the 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


Becoming an HBS major

For Students Admitted to UCLA as Freshmen:

Admission to HBS B.A. and HBS B.S. is by application and competitive. Students apply during Weeks 1 – 2 of their sophomore Spring quarter. 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 pre-major courses by the end of sophomore Spring, with a cumulative pre-major GPA of 2.90 or better. HBS B.S. applicants must complete at least 13 pre-major courses (including SOC GEN 5 or CLUSTER M71A or CLUSTER M72A) by the end of sophomore Spring, with a pre-major GPA of 2.50 or better; those admitted to HBS B.S. must complete any remaining pre-major 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-late 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.

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.

For Students that Transferred to UCLA:

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 “pre-major” status; after meeting with our Student Affairs Officer during New Student Orientation, you will be switched into “major” standing with no additional application required.

For Transfer students admitted to UCLA and want to switch into our Human Biology and Society programs:

Human Biology and Society, B.A.- Transfer students may apply to switch to our B.A. program Weeks 1 – 2 of the Fall quarter of the year they begin, and no later.

Human Biology and Society, B.S.- Only transfer students who were directly admitted to a life science major may apply to switch into our B.S. program Weeks 1 – 2 of the Fall quarter of the year they begin, and no later. No applications from non-life science majors will be accepted for our B.S. program. 

Information about the Fall application process for newly arrived transfer students will be updated and posted on our Application Page late summer.

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 here. Acceptance rate for transfer students into our major programs is therefore low, and is likely to remain low in the next application cycle.

 

Competitive nature of the application process:

Demand for admission to both our HBS B.A. and HBS B.S. programs is very strong. Admission is based substantially on your progress getting through the pre-major coursework, on your grades, extracurricular activities, and your personal statements. Completion of course requirements or high GPA alone does not guarantee admission into the major.


Resources for Human Biology and Society


Academic Advising

For questions related to the Human Biology & Society major, contact: 

Message Center (Academic Counseling Unit: Society and Genetics) or isgacademics@g.ucla.edu for non-UCLA students.

For questions related to University & College requirements, please contact your full-time counselor:

College Academic Counseling (CAC)
A-316 Murphy Hall, (310) 825-3382
https://caac.ucla.edu/contact-us/ 

Academic Advancement Program (AAP)
1209 Campbell Hall, (310) 825-1481
https://www.aap.ucla.edu/units/aap-college-counseling/

College Honors
A-311 Murphy Hall, (310) 825-1553
http://www.honors.ucla.edu/about/services-office-hours/

Athletics
JD Morgan Center, (310) 825-8699
https://uclabruins.com/sports/2013/4/17/academic-student-services-AS2.aspx

HBS Majors and SocGen Minors: to receive emails from the Undergraduate Counselor, subscribe to this listserv
Pre-HBS students: to receive emails from the Undergraduate Counselor, subscribe to our listserv

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