Brief Description of Concentration
Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology (HDRB) is a life science concentration that educates students on how human beings develop from a fertilized egg, are maintained and repaired throughout adulthood, and age till life’s end. Students will be given a broad education in modern life sciences by studying important biological principles within the specific rubric of the developing and regenerating body. By adding an explicit and heavy emphasis on hands-on research opportunities in all four undergraduate years, HDRB will engage students with an interest in research and take advantage of Harvard’s special strengths as a teaching college and research university.
The HDRB concentration embraces ‘basic’ science.
Life science: Our students develop a profound understanding of human biology to gain a better understanding of disease, and apply what they learn in laboratory settings. They learn important biological principles that give insights into human biology, specifically in development and regeneration.
Foundational disciplines: We encourage our students to incorporate not only life science disciplines, but also chemistry, the physical sciences, and mathematics into their learning.
Research: The HDRB concentration emphasizes hands-on research, both through coursework and independent projects. Our students conduct experimental research in HSCRB laboratories throughout their four undergraduate years, so they take full advantage of Harvard’s unique strengths as a teaching college and research university.
Translation: This foundation our students gain in human biology and the mechanisms of disease dovetails with some of the ‘translational’ research conducted in our labs, which is focused on clinical applications.
- LS 1A: An Integrated Introduction to the Life Sciences - Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology OR LPS A: Foundational Chemistry and Biology
- LS 1B: An Integrated Introduction to the Life Sciences - Genetics, Genomics, and Evolution
- PHYSCI 1: An Introduction to the Physical Sciences
- STAT 102: Introduction to Statistics for Life Sciences
- SCRB 10: Human Developmental and Re- generative Biology
- SCRB 50: Building a Human Body: From Gene to Cell to Organism