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Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology (HUBIBA)Human Biology Program

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.


The Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology provides students with a holistic understanding of our species with a focus on our biology, including consideration of how that biology is altered by our evolutionary history and a contemporary environment that includes natural, social, and technological components. Students explore these diverse aspects of humanity while gaining a solid knowledge of our biological foundations. The focus of the B.A. is at the organismal level, with attention to lower levels as needed, and B.A. students are encouraged to investigate human biology with a broad interdisciplinary lens. Students can focus their coursework in an area of concentration most suited to their interests. The B.A. degree allows for breadth and flexibility in the curriculum and the possibility for pursuing a double major. Students can also fulfill the requirements necessary for a variety of post-baccalaureate health sciences and graduate school programs.

The Human Biology program is designed around a core sequence of two interdisciplinary 4 credit courses and a 3 credit senior capstone course. In addition to these, students take required courses in a variety of disciplines to gain expertise in the diverse aspects of human biology, and courses in a single area of concentration, which allow for more in-depth study in their area of interest. Each area of concentration includes courses from the life sciences and historical, social, arts, and humanities disciplines.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 33 credit hours (39 with the Addenda requirements), including the requirements listed below.

  1. The Intricate Human. One (1) course:
  2. Human Dilemmas. One (1) course:
  3. Complex Problems of Humanity. One (1) course:
  4. Physiology or Anatomy. One (1) course:
    • ANAT-A 215 Basic Human Anatomy
    • ANAT-A 480 Human Anatomy for Medical Imaging Evaluation
    • PHSL-P 215 Basic Human Physiology
  5. Bioanthropology. One (1) course:
  6. Psychology or Biology. One (1) course:
  7. Concentration. One (1) of the following concentrations (see requirements below):
    • Human Environment and Ecology
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Human Health and Disease
    • Human Origins and Survival
    • Human Reproduction and Sexuality
  8. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. History and Philosophy of Science. One (1) course:
    2. Statistics. One (1) course:
  9. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.


  • * Courses used to fulfill addenda requirements require a grade of C- or higher and do not count toward the Major GPA or Major Hours.

Bachelor of Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines. No more than 42 of these credit hours can come from the major.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.