Human Biology

The Human Biology programs integrate courses from the medical sciences, biological and social sciences, as well as the humanities. The goal of each program is to provide a broad education focused on an area of biological science relevant to humans. Students will receive a solid foundation in life science courses together with insight from the humanities and social sciences. Graduates will be equipped with a broad range of knowledge and skills to go into the job market or pursue further study in research, health sciences, biotechnology, law, education, and administration.


Admission Information

  • Apply to the Life Sciences admission category on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English and Calculus and Vectors are required
  • Senior high school credits in Biology and Chemistry are required
  • Senior high school Physics is recommended
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


Honours Bachelor of Science Programs

  • Fundamental Genetics and its Applications (specialist and major options)
  • Global Health (specialist and major options)
  • Health and Disease (specialist and major options)
  • Human Biology (major option)
  • Neuroscience (specialist and major options)


First-Year Courses

  • The Human Biology program does not offer any courses at the first-year level


Advice for First Year

Students who are interested in studying human biology should complete courses in biology (BIO 120H1 and BIO130H1), chemistry (CHM 135H1 and CHM136H1), and calculus (MAT 135H1 and MAT136H1) physics, (PHY131H1 and PHY132H1) and psychology (PSY100H1) [especially Neuroscience].  Not all courses are required for all specialist and major programs. Please verify program requirements in current Arts & Science calendar. 



The Human Biology programs are designed to provide a broad education with a solid foundation in a variety of life science disciplines together with insights from the humanities and social sciences.

Graduates will be equipped to pursue further study in areas such as health sciences, professional programs, biotechnology law, education and administration, and will have a broad range of skills to take with them into the job market where an informed science background is an asset.

Direct career options include:
Bioinformaticist Home care worker
Biotechnology laboratory assistant Nursing assistant
Blood bank technologist Medical laboratory technologist
Cardiovascular technologist Personal trainer
Geneticist assistant Physician assistant
Health administrator Science technical writer



Learn more about the Faculty of Arts & Science by reading our Viewbook


First Year