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Introduction

The Human Biology Programs are available to students entering their second year of study. They present a choice of three Specialist programs leading to an Honours B.Sc. degree. The goal of each program is to provide a multi-disciplinary education focused on an area of biological science relevant to humans. Each program emphasizes courses from the life sciences, but includes social sciences and humanities. The Specialist programs are: Genes, Genetics and Biotechnology; Health and Disease; and Human Behavioural Biology. Each program will allow students to study an area in depth while maintaining flexibility of course selection.

Humans are first and foremost animals, living organisms. As such, they share fundamental characteristics with all life - structure, chemistry, control mechanisms, behaviour, an ecological context, and an evolutionary history. Thus the study of human biology must entail a sound knowledge of basic life science. But humans have also developed unique characteristics, emergent properties, arising from their highly complex brains - their intricate behaviour, communication and conceptual abilities, and social structures. So a fuller appreciation of their biology also needs an understanding drawn from disciplines such as psychology, anthropology, and sociology.

The Human Biology Programs are designed to do this. Students will receive a solid foundation in life science courses together with insights from the humanities and social sciences. The programs are intended to provide a broad education rather than an intensive focus in a specific discipline.

Graduates will be equipped to pursue further study in areas such as health sciences, biotechnology, law, education, and administration, and will have a broad range of skills to take with them into the job market (check our web site at http://www.hmb.utoronto.ca for more career paths).

The first year for both Genes, Genetics and Biotechnology and the Health and Disease programs consists of 100-level courses in Biology, Chemistry and either Calculus or Physics, plus an introductory course in one of Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology. (You are strongly recommended to take both calculus and physics in either first or second year. Both are important for higher-level life science courses and other life science programs.) The first year for Human Behavioural Biology is similar in requiring biology and chemistry, but you will need introductory courses in calculus and psychology for this program.

In both the Genes, Genetics and Biotechnology and the Health and Disease programs, the choice of anthropology, psychology or sociology courses in the first year should be influenced by which of these areas you want to pick courses from in the upper years.

Each of the three programs has core half-courses in second and third years tailored to meet the specific needs of its students. These courses concentrate on an area important to the program theme, and/or emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of the program theme by showing connections between its different subject areas. Each program requires a laboratory half course at the 300 level; you may take either the appropriate HMB lab course, or one of the others listed. To complete the program, you will be able to choose from a range of options in third and fourth years, depending on your interests and which courses you have already taken, as well as availability. Options include 400-level advanced seminar courses and advanced research "project" courses.

The Human Biology Programs also include a Life Science Major, which provides a foundation of study in the life sciences. This program builds on a background in biology, chemistry and a choice of psychology, physics or mathematics. The upper years provide exposure to several disciplines within the life sciences. Students acquire a broad knowledge base which is valuable not only for those intending to pursue a career in science, but also for those with career interests in other areas such as business or education. For further information about the programs, see http://www.hmb.utoronto.ca or contact the Human Biology Program Office, New College, 300 Huron Street (416) 946-5393 or e-mail us at human.biology@utoronto.ca.

Human Biology Programs

Genes, Genetics and Biotechnology (Science program)


Specialist program:
(15 full courses or their equivalent, including at least two 400-series courses)
Enrolment in this program is limited, and will be based on CGPA. Enrolment requires completion of four courses including the first year prerequisite courses.

First Year:
1. BIO150Y1
2. CHM138H1, CHM139H1
3. MAT135Y1/MAT137Y1/MAT157Y1/PHY110Y1/PHY138Y1/PHY140Y1
4. 1.0 FCE from: ANT100Y1; GGR107Y1; GGR124Y1; PHL100Y1/PHL102Y1; PSY100Y1/PSY101H1, PSY102H1; SOC101Y1

Second Year:
1. HMB201H1, HMB265H1/BIO260H1; BCH210H1; BIO250Y1; CHM247H1
2. 1.0 FCE from: ANT203Y1, ANT204Y1; ENV236Y1; GGR220Y1/GGR233Y1/GGR246H1/GGR256H1/GGR270H1; JIE222Y1; NEW261Y1; PHL240H1/PHL245H1/PHL237H1/PHL255H1/PHL275H1//PHL281Y1; SOC205Y1/SOC207Y1/SOC210Y1/SOC212Y1/SOC213Y1/SOC214Y1/SOC220Y1/SOC242Y1/SOC246H1/SOC247H1/SOC260Y1/SOC263H1

Higher Years:
1. HMB301H1, HMB321H1; BIO349H1
2. 0.5 FCE science laboratory from: HMB311H1; BCH370H1; MBY376H1; PSL372H1
3. 2.0 FCE from the sciences: BIO351Y1; BOT310H1/BOT340H1/BOT341H1/BOT351H1; IMM334Y1; JZP326H1; LMP363H1; MBY377H1, 378H1; NFS284H1, NFS386H1; PCL201H1, PCL302H1; PSL302Y1; ZOO323H1, 324H1, ZOO325H1, ZOO327H1, ZOO328H1, ZOO329H1, ZOO332H1, ZOO347H1,
4. 1.0 FCE from a Bio-Social or Social perspective: ANT323Y1, ANT328H1, ANT329Y1, ANT332Y1, ANT333Y1, ANT334Y1, ANT337Y1, ANT343Y1, ANT346H1, ANT347H1, ANT348Y1, ANT349H1, ANT363Y1, ANT366Y1, ANT367Y1; GGR314H1, GGR331H1, GGR333H1, GGR334H1, GGR335H1, GGR338H1, GGR393H1; HPS314Y1, HPS323H1, HPS324H1, HPS326H1, HPS328H1, HPS333H1, HPS350H1; NEW365H1, NEW366H1, NEW367H1, NEW368H1, NEW372H1, NEW373H1; PHL341H1, 342, PHL344H1, PHL345H1, PHL347H1, PHL349H1, PHL381H1, PHL383H1, PHL384H1; SOC303H1, SOC306Y1, SOC309Y1, SOC312Y1, SOC317Y1, SOC320Y1, SOC327Y1, 339H1, SOC344Y1, SOC347H1, SOC355Y1, SOC356Y1, SOC363H1, SOC365Y1, SOC366H1, SOC369Y1, SOC370Y1, SOC373H1, SOC374H1, SOC375Y1, SOC381Y1, SOC382Y1, SOC385Y1, SOC386Y1, SOC388H1
5. 1.0 FCE from a 400-level science series (see Note 3. below): HMB421H1; BCH 400-series (see Note 1 below); BIO459H1, BIO460H1, BIO461H1, 472H1 482Y1; BOT421H1, BOT452Y1, BOT458H1; MBY 400 Series; MGB 400-series (see Note 2 below); PSL420H1, PSL421H1, PSL424H1, PSL425H1, PSL460H1; ZOO426H1, 443H1
6. 1.0 FCE from a Science, Bio-social or Social Perspective (see Note 3 below): ANT428H1, 429H1, ANT433H1, ANT448H1, ANT450H1; GGR415H1, 416H1, GGR439H1, GGR450H1; PHL407H1, PHL475H1, PHL482H1, PHL483H1; JFG475H1; NEW425Y1, NEW465H1; HMB421H1, HMB499Y1; BCH 400-series (see Note 1 below); BIO459H1, BIO460H1, BIO461H1, 472H1 482Y1; BOT421H1, BOT452Y1, BOT458H1; MBY 400 Series; MGB 400-series (see Note 2 below); PSL420H1, PSL421H1, PSL424H1, PSL425H1, PSL460H1; ZOO426H1, 443H1

Health and Disease (Science program)


Specialist program:
(15 full courses or their equivalent, including at least two 400-series courses)
Enrolment in this program is limited, and will be based on CGPA. Enrolment requires completion of four courses including the first year prerequisite courses.

First Year:
1. BIO150Y1; CHM138H1, CHM139H1; MAT135Y1/MAT137Y1/MAT157Y1/PHY110Y1/PHY138Y1/PHY140Y1
2. 1.0 FCE from: ANT100Y1; GGR107Y1; GGR124Y1; PHL100Y1/PHL102Y1; PSY100Y1/PSY101H1, PSY102H1; SOC101Y1

Second Year:
1. HMB202H1, HMB265H1; BCH210H1; BIO250Y1; CHM247H1
2. 1.0 FCE from: ANT203Y1, ANT204Y1; ENV236Y1; GGR220Y1/GGR233Y1/GGR246H1/GGR256H1/GGR270H1; JIE222Y1; NEW261Y1; PHL240H1/PHL245H1/PHL237H1/PHL255H1/PHL275H1//PHL281Y1; SOC205Y1/SOC207Y1/SOC210Y1/SOC212Y1/SOC213Y1/SOC214Y1/SOC220Y1/SOC242Y1/SOC246H1/SOC247H1/SOC260Y1/SOC263H1

Higher Years:
1. HMB302H1; BIO349H1; MBY377H1, 378H1; PSL302Y1
2. 0.5 FCE science laboratory from: HMB312H1; BCH370H1; MBY376H1; PSL372H1
3. 0.5 FCE from the sciences: ANA300Y1, ANA301H1, 304Y1; BIO351Y1; BOT251Y1/BOT301H1/BOT310H1/BOT340H1/BOT341H1/BOT351H1; IMM334Y1; JZM357H1, 358H1; JZP326H1; LMP301H1, 363H1; NFS284H1, NFS386H1; PCL201H1, PCL302H1, PCL362H1; PSL303Y1; ZOO252Y1, ZOO325H1, ZOO327H1, ZOO328H1, ZOO329H1, ZOO332H1, ZOO346H1, ZOO347H1
4. 1.0 FCE from a Bio-Social or Social perspective: ANT323Y1, ANT328H1, ANT329Y1, ANT332Y1, ANT333Y1, ANT334Y1, ANT337Y1, ANT343Y1, ANT346H1, ANT347H1, ANT348Y1, ANT349H1, ANT363Y1, ANT366Y1, ANT367Y1; GGR314H1, GGR331H1, GGR333H1, GGR334H1, GGR335H1, GGR338H1, GGR393H1; HPS314Y1, HPS323H1, HPS324H1, HPS326H1, HPS328H1, HPS333H1, HPS350H1; NEW365H1, NEW366H1, NEW367H1, NEW368H1, NEW372H1, NEW373H1; PHL341H1, 342, PHL344H1, PHL345H1, PHL347H1, PHL349H1, PHL381H1, PHL383H1, PHL384H1; SOC303H1, SOC306Y1, SOC309Y1, SOC312Y1, SOC317Y1, SOC320Y1, SOC327Y1, 339H1, SOC344Y1, SOC347H1, SOC355Y1, SOC356Y1, SOC363H1, SOC365Y1, SOC366H1, SOC369Y1, SOC370Y1, SOC373H1, SOC374H1, SOC375Y1, SOC381Y1, SOC382Y1, SOC385Y1, SOC386Y1, SOC388H1
5. 1.0 FCE from a 400-level science series (see Note 3. below): ANA401H1; BCH 400-series (See Note 1. below); BIO460H1, BIO461H1, BIO472H1, BIO482Y1; BOT404H1, BOT405H1, BOT452Y1; HMB422H1; IMM429H1, IMM430H1, IMM435H1; JBI428H1; JZP428H1; LMP 400-series; MBY436H1, 440H1, 445H1, 450H1, 480H1; NFS484H1, NFS486H1, 488H1, NFS490H1; PCL470Y1, PCL471Y1, PCL473Y1, PCL475Y1, PCL481H1; PSL 400-series; ZOO426H1, 443H1
6. 1.0 FCE from a Science, Bio-social or Social Perspective (see Note 3. below): ANT428H1, 429H1, ANT433H1, ANT434H1, ANT440Y1, ANT448H1, 449H1, ANT450H1; GGR415H1, 416H1, GGR439H1, GGR450H1; PHL407H1, PHL475H1, PHL482H1, PHL483H1; JFG475H1; NEW425Y1, NEW465H1; ANA401H1; BCH 400-series (See Note 1. below); BIO460H1, BIO461H1, BIO472H1, BIO482Y1; BOT404H1, BOT405H1, BOT452Y1; HMB422H1, HMB499Y1; IMM429H1, IMM430H1, IMM435H1; JBI428H1; JZP428H1; LMP 400-series; MBY436H1, 440H1, 445H1, 450H1, 480H1; NFS484H1, NFS486H1, 488H1, NFS490H1; PCL470Y1, PCL471Y1, PCL473Y1, PCL475Y1, PCL481H1; PSL 400-series; ZOO426H1, 443H1

Human Behavioural Biology (Science program)


Specialist program:
(15 full courses or their equivalent, including at least two 400-series courses)
Enrolment in this program is limited, and will be based on CGPA. Enrolment requires completion of four courses including the first year prerequisite courses.

First Year:
1. BIO150Y1
2. CHM138H1, CHM139H1
3. MAT135Y1/MAT137Y1/MAT157Y1
4. PSY100Y1/PSY101H1, PSY102H1

Second Year:
1. HMB200H1; BCH210H1/CHM247H1; BIO250Y1; STA220H1/PSY201H1
2. 1.0 FCE from: ANT203Y1, ANT204Y1; ENV221Y1, ENV236Y1; JAL253H1, JAL254H1; NEW261Y1; PHL281Y1
3. 1.0 FCE from: JAL253H1/JAL254H1/NRS201H1/PSY202H1/PSY210H1/PSY220H1/PSY230H1/PSY240H1/PSY260H1/PSY270H1/PSY280H1/PSY290H1

Higher Years:
1. HMB300H1
2. 0.5 FCE science laboratory from: HMB310H1; PSL372H1; PSY319H1, PSY369H1, PSY379H1, PSY389H1, PSY399H1
3. 0.5 FCE in Genetics/Evolution from: HMB265H1; PSY390H1; ZOO322H1, 323H1, 324H1, ZOO362H1, 366H1, 367H1
4. 1.5 FCE in Behavioural Systems from: BOT323H1; JZP326H1; PSL201Y1, PSL302Y1; PSY375H1, PSY378H1, PSY392H1, PSY393H1, PSY394H1, PSY396H1; ZOO252Y1, ZOO332H1, 333H1
5. 1.5 FCE from a Bio-Social or Social perspective: ANT329Y1, ANT332Y1, ANT333Y1, ANT334Y1, 342Y1, ANT346H1, ANT347H1, ANT363Y1, ANT366Y1; ENV321Y1; JAL355Y1, JAL356H1; JLP315H1, JLP374H1; JPA305H1; NEW372H1; PHL341H1, PHL342H1, PHL351H1, PHL381H1, PHL382H1, PHL383H1; any PSY 300-series course
6. 1.0 FCE from a 400-level science series (see Note 3. below): BIO472H1, BIO494Y1, BIO496Y1; HMB420H1; JZP428H1; PSL420H1, PSL421H1, PSL440Y1, 441H1, PSL460H1, PSL472H1; PSY401H1/PSY402H1/PSY409H1/PSY420H1/PSY490H1; ZOO443H1/ZOO462H1/ZOO485Y1
7. 1.0 FCE from a Science, Bio-social or Social perspective (see Note 3. below): ANT425H1, ANT427H1, ANT428H1, 429H1, ANT433H1, ANT434H1, ANT440Y1, ANT441H1; JLP471H1; JLS474H1; PHL407H1, PHL451H1, PHL475H1, PHL481H1, PHL482H1, PHL483H1; BIO494Y1, BIO496Y1; HMB 420H1 499Y1; JZP428H1; PSL420H1, PSL421H1, PSL440Y1, 441H1, PSL460H1, PSL472H1; PSY401H1/PSY402H1/PSY409H1/PSY420H1/PSY490H1; ZOO443H1/ZOO462H1/ZOO485Y1
NOTES:
1. Students who have completed BCH310H1 with high standing may enrol in 400-series lecture courses with permission of the Department of Biochemistry program coordinator.
2. Students who have completed BIO349H1 with high standing may be eligible to enrol in other MGB 400-series courses with permission from the instructor.
3. An independent research or reading course may be used towards the 1.0 FCE 400-series course. Students will need the approval of the program committee to be eligible for a research or reading course.

Life Science (Science program)


Major program:
(8 full courses or their equivalent)
Enrolment in this program requires completion of four courses; no minimum GPA required.

First Year:
1. BIO150Y1; CHM138H1, CHM139H1
2. 1.0 FCE from: JMB170Y1; MAT135Y1/MAT137Y1/MAT157Y1; PHY110Y1/PHY138Y1/PHY140Y1; PSY100Y1

Second Year:
HMB265H1; BCH210H1; BIO250Y1

Third Year:
1. 1.0 FCE from: BOT251Y1; PSL302Y1; ZOO252Y1
2. 1.0 300+level FCE from: BIO, BOT, HMB, PSY, ZOO
3. 1.0 300+level FCE from: ANA, BCH, HMB, IMM, LMP, MBY, MGB, NFS, NRS, PCL, PSL (see note below)
NOTE: Courses listed in above may require prerequisites; please check course listings


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