Undergraduate Programs of Study

Students completing a degree in Human Biology (Human Biology B.S. and Human Biology B.A.) are expected to acquire the ability and skills to understand and interpret the human organism. Courses offer a variety of fields to examine humans, including anatomy, physiology, metabolism, neurobiology, genetics, and behavior. Students will learn to conduct research in many different forms and communicate the outcome of an investigation and assess its contribution to the body of knowledge in Human Biology. Furthermore, once the basics of these systems are understood they can be applied in an evolutionary context. To accomplish this, our program provides:

  • State of the art lab experiences with a focus on learner-centered, hands-on experiences using the latest web and computer technology;
  • An extensive fossil collection of human ancestors along with many primate skeletons for the examination of human origins and their closest relatives in the Primate Order.
  • Opportunities for the transfer of basic knowledge in Human Biology to be applied to real life situations;
  • Opportunities for international experience via study abroad programs and;
  • Opportunities for high-level research in several areas, including the regulation of fat use in health and disease, the regulation of blood glucose levels in Type 1 diabetes, the mechanics and neural control of movement, the biochemical basis of exercise performance, neurobiology, and behavioral ecology of humans, their ancestors, and nonhuman primates to understand evolutionary origins.

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Human Biology

Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology


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Why study Human and Evolutionary Biology at USC?

Learn more about Human and Evolutionary Biology at USC Dornsife.

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  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • University of Southern California
  • Allan Hancock Foundation Building
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0371