HEB Course Sequence Recommendations

Required Courses:

Fall Semester Freshman

Spring Semester Freshman

Spring Semester Sophomore


Life Sciences 1a
or LPS a
Life Sciences 1b Sophomore Tutorial Research Seminar

Life Sciences: HEB concentrators are required to take LS 1a or LPS a in the fall, which provide an introduction to chemistry and molecular and cellular biology, and LS 1b in the spring, which covers genetics, genomics, and evolution. There are no prerequisites for either class. These courses are normally completed by the end of the fourth semester.

Portal courses: A number of introductory courses in HEB are appropriate for freshmen, and will help to focus your interests:

        • Freshman Seminars taught by HEB faculty

FALL 2013:

  • Life Sciences 2: Evolutionary Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • HEB 1330: Primate Social Behavior
  • HEB 1411: Evolution and Adaptation of the Human Diet
  • HEB 1380: Behavioral Biology of Women

SPRING 2014:

        • HEB 1310: Hormones and Behavior
        • HEB 1329: Sex, Love and War: The Evolution of Human Behavior
        • SLS 16: Human Evolution and Human Health

Sub-field courses: Students must take five HEB sub-field courses, three of which must include one approved course in each of the following areas: evolution; physiology/anatomy; and behavior (either human or primate). Students must also take a Junior Research Seminar in their Junior year. See the course list for more details.

Related Science Courses: HEB concentrators must take four half-courses in related fields. These can include up to 3 half-courses from Physical Sciences 1-3; up to 2 half-courses of Math and/or Biostatistics; one half-course of organic chemistry; and up to 2 approved half courses in HEB, OEB, MCB, Psychology or Archaeology (see your advisor for approved courses).

Senior Thesis: Not required, but Honors candidates may choose a thesis (or non-thesis) track.

Advanced Placement Credits: AP credit will not be given for required courses in HEB.