Degree Requirements

Majors and Concentrations

Bachelor’s degree requirements in biology are modified as necessary. Current requirements are available in the UBP office and online. Major programs are offered in biochemistry, biology, human biology, and microbiology. Students may choose to concentrate in a range of specialties in the biological sciences, such as botany, cellular biology, developmental biology, environmental biology, ecology, entomology, genetics, marine biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, paleontology, physiology, systematics, or zoology (invertebrate or vertebrate).

Requirements for the B.A. Major in Human Biology

The curriculum builds from a broad background of general science courses and adds depth in a set of 5 specialized disciplines. Courses in the disciplines emphasize topics related to humans and provide a solid understanding of each field of knowledge.

For general requirements for the B.A. degree, see CLAS General Education Degree Requirements on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements page.

Students must choose 1 concentration from the 5 areas:

  • Anthropology
  • Applied behavioral science
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Speech-language-hearing

General Science Requirements. Majors must complete the following 33-hour minimum of general science requirements that serve as foundational courses for this major.

 

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for human biology.

Anthropology

Anthropology Concentration

Majors must complete the following 30 hours. These additional science courses are included in the Human Biology-Anthropology major hours and GPA calculations.

Anthropology Concentration Categories

Satisfied by completing 2 of the following 4 categories (18-21 hours required):

Human Anatomy and Physiology. Satisfied by BIOL 417 and completing nine hours selected from the following courses: ANTH 542, ANTH 648, ANTH 650, BIOL 426, BIOL 440, BIOL 600, BIOL 637, BIOL 646, BIOL 647.

Human Population Biology. Satisfied by completing 9 hours from the following: ANTH 340, ANTH 442, ANTH 544, ANTH 545, ANTH 652.

Human Adaptation and Evolution. Satisfied by completing 9 hours selected from the following: ANTH 350, ANTH 352, ANTH 450, ANTH 503, ANTH 549, ANTH 550.

Human Biology and Behavior. Satisfied by completing 9 hours selected from the following: ANTH 359, ANTH 447, ANTH 461, ANTH 754, PSYC 370, PSYC 536.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 30 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

 

Applied Behavioral Science

Applied Behavioral Science Concentration

Majors must complete the following 32 hours. These additional science courses are included in the Human Biology-Applied Behavior Science major hours and GPA calculations.

  • Principles of Genetics. Satisfied by BIOL 350 or BIOL 360.
  • Introduction to Applied Behavioral Science. Satisfied by ABSC 100.
  • Development. Satisfied by ABSC 160 or PSYC 333.
  • Research Methods & Application. Satisfied by ABSC 308.
  • Senior Seminar in Human Biology. Satisfied by BIOL 599. Must be taken in senior year.

Applied Behavioral Science Concentration Categories

Satisfied by completing 2 of the following 4 categories (18-21 hours required):

Applied Behavioral Science. Satisfied by ABSC 304 and completing 6 hours selected from the following courses: ABSC 150, ABSC 310 or ABSC 311, ABSC 350, ABSC 410, ABSC 437.

Development: Typical and Atypical. Satisfied by ABSC 632 and completing 6 hours selected from the following courses: ABSC 535, ABSC 565, BIOL 417.

  • Child Behavior and Development. Satisfied by ABSC 632.
  • Development: Typical and Atypical. Satisfied by completing 6 hours selected from the following courses: ABSC 535, ABSC 565, BIOL 417.

Biology of Behavior. Satisfied by BIOL 408 and completing 6 hours selected from the following courses: ANTH 542, BIOL 435, BIOL 440, BIOL 454, BIOL 646, BIOL 647, BIOL 655, PSYC 370, PSYC 380.

Evolution, Culture, and Behavior. Satisfied by BIOL 412 and completing 6 hours selected from the following courses: ANTH 341, ANTH 415, ANTH 650, ANTH 661, BIOL/GEOG 410, BIOL 428 (formerly BIOL 550), BIOL 625, BIOL 652.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 32 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 23 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Biology

Biology Concentration

Majors must complete the following 31 hours. These additional science courses are included in the Human Biology-Biology major hours and GPA calculations.

  • Organic Chemistry I. Satisfied by CHEM 310 (formerly CHEM 622) or CHEM 330 (formerly CHEM 624.
  • Organic Chemistry I Laboratory. Satisfied by CHEM 331 (formerly CHEM 625).
  • College or General Physics II. Satisfied by PHSX 115 or PHSX 212 & PHSX 236.
  • Principles of Genetics. Satisfied by BIOL 350 or BIOL 360.
  • Senior Seminar in Human Biology. Satisfied by BIOL 599 (must be taken in senior year).
  • Biology Laboratory Electives. Course selections from the following categories must include at least 3 hours of laboratory credit, 400 level or above.

Biology Concentration Categories

Satisfied by completing 2 of the following 4 categories listed below. (18-19 hours required) (Course selections must include at least 3 hours of laboratory credit, 400 level or above.)

Development and Genetics. Satisfied by BIOL 417 and 6 additional hours selected from the following: ABSC/PSYC 535, ANTH 762, BIOL 405, BIOL 416 or BIOL 536, BIOL 595, BIOL 655, BIOL 688, PSYC 333, PSYC 430, PSYC 531, SPLH 566.

Anatomy and Physiology. Satisfied by: BIOL 646 and completing six hours selected from the following courses: ANTH 542, ANTH 648, BIOL 435, BIOL 440, BIOL 647, BIOL 600, BIOL 637, HSES 672, PSYC 370, PSYC 380, PSYC 475.

Evolution, Ecology, and Adaptation. Satisfied by BIOL 412 and completing 6 hours selected from the following: ANTH 340, ANTH 341, ANTH 350, ANTH 652, BIOL 410, BIOL 414, BIOL 668, PSYC 555.

Human Disease. Satisfied by: BIOL 400 (or BIOL 401, Honors) and 6 hours selected from the following courses: ANTH 450, BIOL 402, BIOL 503, BIOL 506, BIOL 512, BIOL 518, BIOL 595, BIOL 616, BIOL 688.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 31 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 27 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Psychology

Psychology Concentration

Majors must complete the following 30 hours. These additional science courses are included in the Human Biology-Psychology major hours and GPA calculations.

Psychology Concentration Categories

Satisfied by completing 2 of the following 4 categories listed below. (18 hours required)

Evolution, Adaptation and Health. Satisfied by completing 9 hours selected from the following: PSYC 555, PSYC 605, ANTH 340, ANTH 341, ANTH 350, ANTH 442, ANTH 447, ANTH 450, ANTH 542, BIOL 412, BIOL 595.

Human Development. Satisfied by completing PSYC 333 or PSYC 334 and 6 hours selected from the following courses: PSYC 430, PSYC/ABSC 535, PSYC/ABSC 632, BIOL 417

Human Cognition and Language. Satisfied by completing PSYC 318 and 6 hours selected from the following: PSYC 418, PSYC 482, PSYC 518, PSYC 531, PSYC 536, SPLH 466, SPLH 566.

Neuroscience. Satisfied by completing 9 hours selected from the following: PSYC 370, PSYC 380, PSYC 475, ANTH 650, BIOL 435, BIOL 454, BIOL 655, SPLH 320.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 27 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Speech-Language-Hearing

Speech-Language-Hearing Concentration

Majors must complete the following 29 hours. These additional science courses are included in the Human Biology-Speech-Language-Hearing major hours and GPA calculations.

Speech-Language-Hearing Concentration Categories. Satisfied by completing 2 of the following 4 categories (18-19 hours required).

Development and Genetics. Satisfied by completing BIOL 417 and 6 hours selected from the following courses: ANTH 762, BIOL 405, BIOL 416 or BIOL 536, BIOL 595, BIOL 655, PSYC 333, PSYC 430, SPLH 464 or SPLH 764, SPLH 466, SPLH 566.

Anatomy and Physiology. Satisfied by completing BIOL 646 and 6 hours selected from the following: BIOL 440, BIOL 647, SPLH 662, SPLH 663, HSES 672.

Neuroscience. Satisfied by completing BIOL 408 and 6 hours selected from the following: BIOL 435, PSYC 370, PSYC 380, PSYC 475, SPLH 320, SPLH 464 (Neural Bases of Speech & Voice), SPLH 464 (Speech Motor Control).

Research Practicum. Satisfied by completing 9 hours selected from the following courses SPLH 464 (Circuit Theory & Bioinstrumentation), SPLH 449 (various topics), SPLH 499.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 29 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 25 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Contact Info

Biology Undergraduate Program

Haworth Hall
1200 Sunnyside Ave., Room 2045
Lawrence, KS 66045-7566
785-864-4301
http://www.kuub.ku.edu/
Greg Burg, Director
785-864-4301
gburg@ku.edu
Jennifer Weghorst, Assistant Director
785-864-5883
weghorst@ku.edu

B.S. in Molecular Biosciences Program

KU Edwards Campus
12600 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS 66213
913-897-8659
http://www.kuub.ku.edu/
Dan W. Mueller, Director of Undergraduate Advising
913-897-8659
dmueller@ku.edu
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