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Bachelor of Science in Human Biology (HUBIBS)Human Biology Program

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements.


The Bachelor of Science in Human Biology is designed to provide students with a strong scientific knowledge base in human biology, interdisciplinary perspectives on the human condition, and an opportunity to focus their coursework in an area of concentration most suited to their interests. Many human biology B.S. degree students are preparing for graduate education or professional school in the health sciences, business, or law. Students can also prepare for careers in the life science industries.

Core coursework extends the investigation of human biology to the sub-cellular and molecular level and places the details of human biology within the larger context of biological and biochemical mechanisms common to all life forms. 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 64 credit hours, 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. One (1) course:
    • PHSL-P 215 Basic Human Physiology
  5. Anatomy. One (1) course:
    • ANAT-A 215 Basic Human Anatomy
    • ANAT-A 480 Human Anatomy for Medical Imaging Evaluation
  6. Bioanthropology. One (1) course:
  7. History and Philosophy of Science. One (1) course:
  8. Psychology or Biology. One (1) course:
  9. Statistics. One (1) course:
  10. Foundations of Biology: Biological Mechanisms. One (1) course:
  11. Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I. One (1) course:
  12. Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory. One (1) course:
  13. Molecular Biology. One (1) course:
  14. Related Science. Two (2) courses:
    • SPH-N 231 Human Nutrition
  15. Ethics. One (1) course:
  16. Concentration. One (1) of the following (see requirements below):
    • Human Environment and Ecology
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Human Health and Disease
    • Human Origins and Survival
    • Human Reproduction and Sexuality
  17. 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.

Bachelor of Science requirements

The Bachelor of Science 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.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 36 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: 2 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 2 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: Not required
      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 first 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.