Human Evolutionary Biology

Brief Description of Concentration

human evolutionary biologyEvolutionary theory is a pillar of modern science and provides a powerful framework for investigating questions about why humans are the way they are. Human evolutionary biologists seek to understand how evolutionary forces have shaped our anatomy, physiology, and behavior. Research in human evolutionary biology influences the practice of medicine, and also impacts economics, psychology, political science, religion and literature.

Learning Objectives

Human Evolutionary Biology (HEB) provides a general foundation in human and organismic biology as part of the life sciences cluster of concentrations. All HEB concentrators receive a core introduction to basic evolutionary biology as well as human and nonhuman primate genetics, physiology, anatomy, behavioral biology, and paleontology. HEB courses also explore interactions between genes and environments, and the co-evolution of biology and culture. We encourage our students to get involved in research in HEB, and we offer many small, advanced courses for students to work intensively with members of the faculty.

Gateway Courses

  • Gen Ed 1056: Human Nature
  • Life Sciences 2: Evolutionary Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • Gen Ed 1027: Human Evolution and Human Health
  • HEB 1310: Hormones and Behavior


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