MAJOR: HUMAN BIOLOGY
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Although the title might indicate a focus on the biology of the human body, the Bachelor of Science in Human Biology actually has a much broader emphasis. Students in this degree plan receive an interdisciplinary education about the relationship between biology and society. This option requires 32 semester hours of core studies in a variety of areas within biology, including cellular and molecular biology, physiology, and ecology/evolution. In addition, the student takes 15 semester hours in one area of specialization such as genetics, health and disease, human impact on the environment, or urban development. The different options for specialization allow students to tailor their educational goals for a future in administration, law, public affairs, or health.

Declare This Major

Current students interested in changing to the Human Biology major should complete the following instructions:

  1. Complete the entry-level courses (Calculus 1, CH301/302, and BIO311C/D) with at least a C- or higher.
  2. View the online information session.
  3. Complete the questionnaire at the end of the session and bring it your advising appointment.
  4. Schedule an appointment with the Biology Advising Center.

Current students who have not yet completed the entry-level requirements should schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in WCH 1.106. Contact the Center for First-Year Advising to schedule an appointment and change majors to Human Biology.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

For information on required courses, students can view the Human Biology degree plan. For additional information, view course descriptions by major options and Frequently Asked Questions.

Specializations

Human Biology students are required to select a specialization. The different options for specialization allow students to tailor their educational goals for a future in administration, law, public affairs, or health.
Human Biology is one option within the Bachelor of Science in Biology degree, view all options within Biology.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.