Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology

Summary of Requirements: Students must complete the general core consisting of 20 units; 16 units from one of the 3 tracks below; and an additional 8 units either from another track or the selected electives list. Total requirements: 44 units including at least 20 upper-division units plus prerequisites for certain electives.

General Core Courses - 20 units

Units
ANTH 200L Origins of Humanity 4
BISC 120L, or
BISC 121L
General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution, or
Advanced General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution
4
BISC 220L, or
BISC 221L
General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology, or
Advanced General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology
4
EXSC 301L Human Anatomy 4
MATH 108* Precalculus 4

* Prerequisite is required.

 

Major Track Courses - 24 units

Choose 16 units from one of the tracks below and 8 additional units from the restricted elective list or other tracks below for a total of 24 units. **No more than 2 courses may be lower division (100- or 200- level)**

Human Biology - 16 units

Units
BISC 307L* General Physiology 4
BISC 320L* Molecular Biology 4
BISC 421* Neurobiology 4
EXSC 200L* Nutrition: Macronutrients & Energy Metabolism 4
EXSC 350* Nutrition: Macronutrients & Homeostasis 4
EXSC 405L* Applied Systems Physiology 4
EXSC 406L* Exercise & Energy Homeostasis 4
EXSC 408L* Biomechanics 4

* Prerequisite is required.

 

Human Evolutionary Biology - 16 units

Units
ANTH 300 Evolution, Ecology, and Culture 4
ANTH 306 Primate Social Behavior 4
ANTH 308 Origins and Evolution of Human Behavior 4
ANTH 406 Theory and Method in Biological Anthropology 4
BISC 313* Evolution and Population Genetics 4
BISC 371L* Molecular Approaches to Diversity of Life 4
GERO 440* Biodemography of Aging 4
PSYC 401* Evolutionary Psychobiology 4

* Prerequisite is required.

 

Human Performance - 16 units

Units
EXSC 202L Principles of Nutrition and Exercise 2
EXSC 203L Individualized Exercise Prescription 2
EXSC 250 Drugs and Ergogenetic Aids in Sport and Weight Control 4
EXSC 300L Exercise Physiology 4
EXSC 310 Sociopsychological Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity 4
EXSC 400L Principles of Perceptual-Motor Learning 4
EXSC 401L* Kinesiology 4
EXSC 439L Human Performance & Bioenergetics 4

* Prerequisite is required.

 

Restricted Electives - 8 units

Units
ANTH 405 Evolutionary Medicine 4
BISC 305 Intro to Statistics for Biologists 4
BISC 307L* General Physiology 4
BISC 313* Evolution and Population Genetics 4
BISC 325* Genetics 4
BISC 371L* Molecular Approaches to the Diversity of Life 4
BISC 403* Advanced Molecular Biology 4
BISC 405L* General Embryology 4
BISC 410* Applications of Molecular Biology to Medicine 4
BISC 421* Neurobiology 4
BISC 423* Epilepsy to Ecstasy: Biological Basis Neurological Disorders 4
BISC 424* Brain Architecture 4
BISC 426* Principles of Neural Development 4
BISC 435* Advanced Biochemistry 4
BISC 450L* Principles of Immunology 4
BISC 480 Developmental Biology 4
BISC 490x Directed Research 4
CHEM 322abL*
CHEM 325abL*
Organic Chemistry, or
Organic Chemistry
4
CHEM 432* Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences 4
EXSC 409 Metabolic Diseases 4
EXSC 441L* Prevention of Athletic Injuries 4
EXSC 442L* Advanced Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries 4
GERO 310* Physiology of Aging 4
GERO 411L Physiology, Nutrition, and Aging 2-4
GERO 414* Neurobiology of Aging 4
GERO 440* Biodemography of Aging 4
MATH 125* Calculus I 4
MATH 126* Calculus II 4
PSYC 274 Statistics I 4
PSYC 320* Principles of Psychobiology 4
PSYC 326* Behavioral Neuroscience 4
PSYC 425* Functional Imaging of the Human Brain 4

* Prerequisite is required.


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  • University of Southern California
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  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371