Human Evolutionary Biology

Human Evolutionary Biology (HEB) uses an evolutionary framework to investigate why humans are the way they are. In addition to providing a general foundation in human biology, HEB focuses on questions such as what selective forces acted on humans during their evolution; how genotypes and phenotypes are related; how environmental forces, such as infectious disease and climate, influenced human biology and evolution; how natural selection has affected social cognition and behavior; and what role culture has played in human evolution. 

REQUIREMENTS: 5 courses (20 credits) 

  1. Life Sciences 1b 
  2. Four additional HEB courses, including Gen Ed 1027, plus three Human Evolutionary Biology courses, found at


One Freshman Seminar may be counted for the secondary field in HEB if taught by an HEB faculty member. All courses must be taken for a letter grade, except relevant Freshman Seminars, which are graded SAT/UNS. Only courses for which a satisfactory grade is received will receive secondary field credit. 


Students interested in pursuing a secondary field in Human Evolutionary Biology should contact Secondary Field Adviser Dr. Neil Roach ( for more information.