Jul 17, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Human Biology (BA)

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The section of Human and Evolutionary Biology within the Department of Biological Sciences oversees the Human Biology BA at USC. This degree is designed for students seeking a course of study in human applied physiology and metabolism, performance and/or human evolution. The Human Biology BA is an excellent option for students pursuing pre-professional education in the fields of physical therapy, nutrition, pharmacology, sports training, kinesiology, biomechanics, human evolution,  primatology, evolutionary biology, etc.

Summary of Requirements

Students must complete the general core consisting of 21 units. In addition, they must select 16 units from one of the three track modules below, as well as 8 additional units from the restricted elective list or any other track in the major. No more than one course may be lower division (100- or 200-level) from the major track and electives combined. Total requirements: 45 units including at least 24 upper-division.

Major Track (16 Units)

Choose 16 units from one of the track modules below.

Human Physiology and Metabolism (16 units)

The Human Physiology and Metabolism track explores human movement through the study of body form and function, using general principles of physiology, and biomechanics. Courses in this track further examine physiology and nutrition with an emphasis on human health and disease.

Human Evolutionary Biology (16 units)

The Human Evolution track examines how and why humans evolved using evolutionary mechanisms and hypotheses. The track courses explore paleo-human ancestors, primates (prosimians, monkeys and apes), and the impact of society and culture on evolution.

Human Performance (16 units)

The Human Performance track examines the scientific link between nutrition, athletic performance and the physiological response to exercise. The track further provides students with knowledge of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries.


*Prerequisite required

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