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Human Evolutionary Biology
Human Evolutionary Biology (HEB) addresses why humans and other primates are the way they
are from an evolutionary perspective. In addition to providing a general foundation in human
biology, HEB focuses on questions such as what selective forces acted on humans and other
primates 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 half-courses

    1. Life Sciences 1b
    2. Four additional HEB courses. These include courses from one or more of the following
       categories, and may include courses cross-listed at the end of the Human Evolutionary
       Biology chapter of Courses of Instruction.
           o Human evolution (e.g. Science of Living Systems 16)
           o Human anatomy/physiology (e.g. HEB 1420)
           o Human reproductive biology (e.g. HEB 1310)
           o Human/primate behavioral ecology (e.g. HEB 1330)
           o Human genetics (e.g. HEB 1463)

OTHER INFORMATION

One Freshman Seminar may be counted for the secondary field in HEB. Study abroad and
summer school courses will be counted with approval of the head tutor or adviser. 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 concentration
credit.

ADVISING RESOURCES AND EXPECTATIONS

Students interested in pursuing a secondary field in Human Evolutionary Biology should contact
secondary field adviser Dr. Katherine Zink (kzink@oeb.harvard.edu) for more information.

 

				
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