Bachelor of Science in Human Biology

The section of Human and Evolutionary Biology within the Department of Biological Sciences introduces Human Biology (B.S.) as a new major at USC. This degree is designed for students seeking a focused course of study in human anatomy, physiology, metabolism, and/or evolution. Students will complete a general core (24 units) of fundamental coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, and math. From there, they will select one of four “tracks” (20 units) in the following areas of emphasis: Applied Physiology, Biomedical Sciences, Nutrition and Metabolism, or Human Evolutionary Biology. The restricted electives (16 units) will allow students to fulfill pre-health requirements from a very extensive list of courses.

Human Biology (B.S.) is an excellent option for students pursuing careers in medicine, physical therapy, dentistry, nursing, nutrition, human evolution, etc.

General Core Courses - 24 units

BISC 120 or
General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution, or
Advanced General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution
BISC 220L or
General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology, or
Advanced General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology
CHEM 105abL or
CHEM 115abL
General Chemistry, or
Advanced General Chemistry
4 + 4
MATH 108* or
MATH 125*
Precalculus, or
Calculus I
PHYS 135aL* Physics for the Life Sciences 4

* Prerequisite is required.


Major Track Courses - 20 units

Choose one complete track module from below:

Applied Physiology

EXSC 300L Physiology of Exercise 4
EXSC 301L Human Anatomy 4
EXSC 400L Principles of Perceptual-Motor Learning 4
EXSC 405L* Applied Systems Physiology 4
EXSC 408L* Biomechanics 4

* Prerequisite is required.


Biomedical Science

BISC 307L* General Physiology 4
BISC 320L* Molecular Biology 4
BISC 421* Neurobiology 4
EXSC 301L Human Anatomy 4
EXSC 406L* Exercise and Energy Homeostasis 4

* Prerequisite is required.


Nutrition & Metabolism

BISC 307L* General Physiology 4
BISC 330L* Biochemistry 4
EXSC 200L* Nutrition: Macronutrients and Metabolism 4
EXSC 350* Nutrition: Macronutrients and Homeostasis 4
EXSC 406L* Exercise & Energy Homeostasis 4

* Prerequisite is required.


Human Evolutionary Biology

ANTH 200L Origins of Humankind 4
ANTH 300 Evolution, Ecology, and Culture 4
ANTH 306 Primate Social Behavior 4
ANTH 406 Theory and Method in Biological Anthropology 4
BISC 313* Evolution and Population Genetics 4

* Prerequisite is required.


Restricted Electives - 16 units

A minimum of 16 units is required. Courses can be selected from the elective list below or from any other
track in the major.

ANTH 308 Origins and Evolution of Human Behavior 4
ANTH 405 Evolutionary Medicine 4
BISC 305 Introduction to Statistics for Biologists 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 411* Cell Biology 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 490x Directed Research 4
CHEM 322abL*
CHEM 325abL*
Organic Chemistry, or
Organic Chemistry
CHEM 432* Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences 4
EXSC 409 Metabolic Diseases 4
EXSC 439L Human Performance and Bioenergetics 4
GERO 310* Physiology of Aging 4
GERO 411L Physiology, Nutrition, and Aging 4
GERO 414* Neurobiology of Aging 4
GERO 440* Biodemography of Aging 4
MATH 126* Calculus II 4
PHYS 135bL Physics for the Life Sciences 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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