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Undergraduate: Human Evolutionary Biology

  • Program Overview

    Department Information - Human Evolutionary Biology

    The major in Human Evolutionary Biology is offered jointly by the Departments of Anthropology and of Ecology and Evolution. It provides interdisciplinary training in the natural sciences and anthropology to examine how evolutionary forces shaped the human condition. Core courses provide a strong background in the natural sciences, mathematics, and statistics and an introduction to each of three subfields, which include human evolution and morphology, human and non-human primate genetics and genomics, and the evolutionary basis of behavior.

    The subfield of human evolution and morphology aims at an understanding of the evolution of the human lineage and its precursors exploring the paleontological, morphological, and cultural transitions in our human ancestors. The emphasis of the human and non-human primate genetics and genomics track is to develop an understanding of the evolution of human variation exploring human genetic diversity and its underlying causes, as well as the phylogenetic relationships of human populations and primate relatives. This includes the basic genetics of humans, human population structure, prehistoric migration and genetic adaptation, and the comparative molecular evolution of the human genome and other primate genomes. The subfield of the evolutionary basis of behavior aims at an understanding of extant human and nonhuman primate behavior and psychology based on the principles of evolutionary theory. The field explores the variation in social systems and life histories and its underlying physiological mechanisms, ecological contexts, and evolutionary bases.

    Majors are strongly encouraged to explore research opportunities, either in faculty laboratories or in field projects such as the Turkana Basin or Madagascar Field Schools. The major is suitable for students planning careers in the fields of medicine, dentistry, public health, allied health, biotechnology, and related academic fields such as biological anthropology, bioarchaeology, and evolutionary biology. Interested students should contact the director of the program for details.

     

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Major in Human Evolutionary Biology

    The major in Human Evolutionary Biology leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. Completion of the major requires a minimum of 60 credits. At least 21 credits must be upper division courses (300 level or higher). Students must complete a minimum of 31-32 credits in the Core Requirements (I., A-C) and a minimum of 28-29 credits in the Subfield Courses (II., A-C). Students can either sample broadly across all areas or focus on one of the three subfields. No more than 6-7 credits in the Subfields can be substituted from the area of Related Courses (II., D).

    All major courses (including transfer credits) must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Courses with S/U grading and courses taken under the Pass/ No Credit option may not be used to satisfy major requirements. EBH 495 and 496 do not count toward the major requirements.

    I. Core Requirements

    Students must complete a minimum of 31 credits from three areas including Biology (A), Related Fields (B), and Major Subfields (C).

    A. Biology and Scientific Skills (11-12 credits)

    • BIO 201 Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems
    • BIO 202 Fundamentals of Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology
    • BIO 204 Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry in the Biological Sciences I or EBH 204 Research Skills
    • BIO 354 Evolution

    B. Courses Required in Related Fields (11 credits)

    • CHE 131 General Chemistry IB or CHE 152 Molecular Science I (or CHE 129 with CHE 130 and MAT 123)
    • MAT 125 Calculus A or MAT 131 Calculus or MAT 141 Honors Calculus I or MAT 171 Accelerated Single Variable Calculus or level 8 or 9 

      on the Mathematics Placement Examination. If students do not place into MAT 125 or higher on the basis of the math placement examination, MAT 123 

      is a required course for the major and MAT 125 can be substituted with AMS 151.

    • EBH 230 Computer-Based Biostatistics

    C. Courses Required from Major Subfields (9 credits)

    • EBH 200 Evolution of Human Behavior
    • ANP 201 Human Evolution
    • EBH 302 Human Genetics

    II. Subfield Courses

    Students must complete a minimum of 28 credits in the Subfield Courses. Students may sample broadly across all subfields, taking classes from Sections A, B and C, or choose to specialize in only one of the three areas. BIO 205 (or BIO 207), EBH 391, EBH 401, EBH 447 (max. 2 credits), and EBH 487 (max. 3 credits) are not specific to one of the Subfields, but can be applied towards the major.

    Courses in the Subfields may be supplemented by courses listed in section D (Related Courses), although only a maximum of 7 of these credits can be applied towards the major.

    One of the classes in the Subfields must be a 400-level seminar chosen from ANP 401, ANP 404, ANP 405, ANP 406, ANP 410, ANT 417, ANT 418, ANT 419, ANT 420, EBH 401, EBH 404, or EBH 405.

    All advanced Biology courses have one or more 200 level courses as a prerequisite. A grade of C or higher is required in each 200 level prerequisite in order to enroll in any 300 level Biology course.

    Some of the courses in the Subfields may require additional prerequisites.

    A. Human evolution and morphology

    Courses in subfield A:

    • ANP 250 Forensic Anthropology
    • ANP 300 Human Anatomy
    • ANP 321 Primate Evolution
    • ANP 404 Human Osteology
    • ANP 405 Human Evolution in the Headlines
    • ANP 407 Building Bones: Bone Development and Evolution
    • ANP 410 Comparative Primate Anatomy
    • ANT 104 Introduction to Archaeology
    • ANT 268 Archaeology of Human Origins
    • ANT 273 The Unstoppable Species?
    • ANT 290 Science and Technology in Ancient Society
    • ANT 357 The Agricultural Revolution
    • ANT 358 Ways to Civilization
    • ANT 417 Primitive Technology
    • ANT 418 Lithic Technology
    • ANT 419 Zooarchaeology
    • BIO 208 Cell, Brain, Mind
    • BIO 344 Chordate Zoology
    • EBH 316 The Evolution of the Human Brain

    B. Human genetics and genomics

    Courses in subfield B:

    • BIO 203 Fundamentals of Biology: Cellular and Organ Physiology
    • BIO 312 Bioinformatics and Computation Biology
    • BIO 320 General Genetics or BIO 321 Introduction to Ecological Genetics and Genomics
    • BIO 325 Animal Development
    • BIO 327 Developmental Genetics Laboratory
    • BIO 350 Darwinian Medicine
    • BIO 367 Molecular Diversity Lab
    • EBH 370 Advanced Human Genetics
    • EBH 380 Genomics
    • EBH 381 Genomics Laboratory

    C. Evolutionary bases of behavior

    Courses in subfield C:

    • ANP 220 Controversies in Human Biology and Behavior
    • ANP 401 Pastoralism under pressure: Savannas, societies, and sustainability in East Africa
    • ANT 377 Animal Tool Use
    • BIO 328 Mammalian Physiology
    • EBH 325 Evolution of Sex
    • EBH 331 Hormones and Behavior
    • EBH 359 Behavioral Ecology
    • EBH 362 Evolution of Social Complexity
    • EBH 404 Evolution of Parenting
    • EBH 405 Life History and Development
    • PSY 356 Physiological Psychology
    • PSY 357 Animal Learning

    D. Related courses

    • ANP 304 Ecology: Linking People and Nature (with emphasis on the Turkana Basin)
    • ANP 305 Earth and Life Through Time: Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoecology (with emphasis on the Turkana Basin)
    • ANP 306 Human Evolution (and evidence from the Turkana Basin)
    • ANP 307 Comparing Ecosystems in Madagascar
    • ANP 308 Paleoanthropological Field Methods
    • ANP 310 Environments, Ecosystems and Evolution: Evidence from the Turkana Basin
    • ANP 326 Lemurs of Madagascar
    • ANP 350 Methods Studying Primates
    • ANP 351 Field Methods in Biodiversity Science
    • ANP 360 Primate Conservation
    • ANP 387 Biological Field Research in Madagascar
    • ANP 406 Pseudoscience and Anthropology
    • ANT 215 Climate and Culture
    • ANT 307 Prehistoric Archaeology of Africa (with emphasis on the Turkana Basin)
    • ANT 321 Archaeological Field Methods
    • ANT 410 Ethnobotany and Paleoethnobotany
    • ANT 420 Environmental Analysis Using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
    • BIO 351 Ecology
    • BIO 352 Ecological Laboratory
    • GEO 303 Sedimentary Geology and Geochronology (with emphasis on the Turkana Basin)

    E. Double major in Biology and Human Evolutionary Biology

    For students electing a double major in Biology and Human Evolutionary Biology 12 credits (4 subfield courses) must be non-overlapping with Biology and chosen from subfields A and C: 

    • ANP 220 Controversies in Human Biology and Behavior
    • ANP 300 Human Anatomy
    • ANP 321 Primate Evolution
    • ANP 401 Pastoralism under pressure: Savannas, societies, and sustainability in East Africa
    • ANP 404 Human Osteology
    • ANP 405 Human Evolution in the Headlines
    • ANP 407 Building Bones: Bone Development and Evolution
    • ANP 410 Comparative Primate Anatomy
    • ANT 104 Introduction to Archaeology
    • ANT 268 Archaeology of Human Origins
    • ANT 273 The Unstoppable Species?
    • ANT 290 Science and Technology in Ancient Society
    • ANT 357 The Agricultural Revolution
    • ANT 358 Ways to Civilization
    • ANT 377 Animal Tool Use
    • ANT 417 Primitive Technology
    • ANT 418 Stone Tools in Human Evolution
    • ANT 419 Zooarchaeology
    • EBH 325 Evolution of Sex
    • EBH 331 Hormones and Behavior
    • EBH 362 Evolution of Social Complexity
    • EBH 404 Evolution of Parenting
    • EBH 405 Life History and Development
    • PSY 356 Physiological Psychology
    • PSY 357 Animal Learning

    III. Upper-Division Writing Requirement

    Human Evolutionary Biology students are required to either take one of the elective courses of the major satisfying the WRTD requirement or register for the 0-credit EBH 459 Write Effectively in Human Evolutionary Biology. EBH 459 has to be taken in conjunction with an upper-division elective course in the major (including Reading or Research courses). Students must inform the instructor of the course in advance of their plan to co-register for EBH 459 to satisfy the WRTD requirement. Students must earn a grade of 'S' in EBH 459 to satisfy the WRTD requirement. EBH 459 also satisfies the Stony Brook Curriculum learning objective WRTD. Students completing the DEC requirements may choose to submit a paper written for a 300-level or higher course (including Reading or Research courses) without registering for EBH 459. The paper must be of appropriate length and format and must have been deemed satisfactory by the instructor (graded C or higher). Students who wish to use a paper should present the necessary form to the course instructor and obtain signatures on the form and the paper. The form and the original paper must then be submitted to the director of the program. Students who wish to use this option must consult with the director of the program to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with university graduation requirements for General Education.

    Students should consult with the department advisor to ensure that their plan for completing the Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent with  university graduation requirements for General Education.  Students completing the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) must complete a course that satisfies the "Write Effectively within One's Discipline" (WRTD) learning objective to graduate.  The Upper Division Writing Requirement is consistent in most cases with the SBC learning outcomes for WRTD.

    Honors Program in Human Evolutionary Biology

    Graduation with honors in Human Evolutionary Biology requires both of the following:

    1. A cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher in all courses for the major.
    2. Completion of an honors thesis based on a one-year independent research project (EBH 495 and 496) under the direction of a faculty member written in the form of a scientific report (20 pages or more). The completed thesis must be approved by a thesis committee.

    A student interested in becoming a candidate for honors should, after asking a faculty member to be a sponsor, submit a proposal indicating the topic and procedure of the planned research to the director of the program. The submission should include a supporting statement by the supervising faculty member and the names and approval of two faculty committee members, one of them from a department different from that of the research sponsor. This must ordinarily be done several weeks prior to the beginning of the student's senior year. The student must present a copy of the finished thesis to each member of the thesis committee for their approval at least 14 days before the date of graduation.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Sequence

    Sample Course Sequence for the Major in Human Evolutionary Biology

    A course planning guide for this major may be found hereThe major course planning guides are not part of the official Undergraduate Bulletin, and are only updated periodically for use as an advising tool. The Undergraduate Bulletin supersedes any errors or omissions in the major course planning guides.  

    FRESHMAN

    FALL Credits
    First Year Seminar 101 1
    WRT 101 3
    BIO 201 3
    MAT 125  3
    CHE 131  4
    SBC  3
    Total  17
     
    SPRING Credits
    First Year Seminar 102 1
    WRT 102 3
    BIO 202 3
    ANP 201 3
    SBC  3
    SBC  3
     Total  15
     
    SOPHOMORE

    FALL Credits
    BIO 204 or EBH 204
     2-3
    EBH 302
     3
    EBH 200  3
    EBH 230  4
    SBC  3
     Total  15-16
     
    SPRING Credits
    EBH subfield
     3
    EBH subfield 3
    SBC 3
    SBC  3
    SBC  3
     Total  15
     
    JUNIOR

    FALL Credits
    BIO 354  3
    EBH subfield 3
    EBH subfield  3
    SBC  3
    SBC  3
     Total 15
     
    SPRING Credits
    EBH subfield 3
    EBH subfield  3
    Elective  3
    Elective  3
    SBC  3
     Total  15
     
    SENIOR

    FALL Credits
    EBH subfield
    EBH subfield
    Elective
    Elective
    SBC
    3
     Total 15 
     
    SPRING Credits
    EBH subfield  3 
    EBH subfield  3 
    Elective  3
    Elective   3 
    SBC  3
     Total 15 
  • Contact

    Human Evolutionary Biology (EBH)

    Major in Human Evolutionary Biology

    Departments of Anthropology and Ecology and Evolution, College of Arts and Sciences

    Director of Undergraduate Studies: Andreas Koenig

    E-mail: humanevolbio@stonybrook.edu

    Office: S-517 Social & Behavioral Sciences Bldg

    Assistant to the Director: Melissa Cohen

    E-mail: melissa.j.cohen@stonybrook.edu

    Office: Life Sciences Building, Room 650

    Phone: (631) 632-8604

    Web address: http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/anthropology/undergraduate/bs-human-evolutionary-biology

    Minors of particular interest to students majoring in Human Evolutionary Biology: Biology (BIO), China Studies (CNS), History (HIS), Japanese Studies (JNS), Judaic Studies (JDS), Korean Studies (KOR), Middle Eastern Studies (MES)

     

     

     

     

     

     

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