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Human Evolutionary Biology Major (BS)

The Human Evolutionary Biology (EBH) program at Stony Brook University draws from the natural and social sciences to examine how evolutionary forces have shaped the human condition.

The EBH degree program is offered jointly by the Departments of  Anthropology and of  Ecology and Evolution and results in a Bachelor of Science degree. Students majoring in this program will receive a strong background in the natural sciences, mathematics, statistics and anthropology, and will have the option to sample broadly or focus more directly on three subfields.

In the human evolution and morphology subfield, students will explore the palaeontological, morphological, and cultural transitions that occurred during the evolution of the human lineage. In the subfield human and non-human primate genetics and genomics, EBH majors will examine genetic diversity, evolutionary relationships, and genetic adaptations in humans and their closest living relatives, non-human primates. Finally, courses in the evolutionary basis of behavior subfield will help students use an evolutionary framework to understand human and non-human primate behaviors and its underlying physiology.

Courses will be taught by world-renowned faculty in Anthropology and  Ecology and Evolution, all conducting novel and exciting research in their fields. By the end of training, students will have developed a background in evolutionary theory and important skills in critical thinking and scientific methods. Interested students should contact the  EBH Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students wishing to check their progress in the program should contact the director or the assistant to the director, Melissa Cohen in the Department of Ecology & Evolution. All other requests (e.g., requirements for post-baccalaureate professional schools) should be directed to the  Advising Center.


A degree in Human Evolutionary Biology will prepare students for a number of post-graduate career paths. For example, many of the required courses are also prerequisites for entry into medical, dental, public health, allied health, and biotechnology schools. This degree program will also provide interdisciplinary training in the natural sciences and anthropology, thereby preparing students for continued training in graduate school for Master’s and Doctoral degrees. In addition, a background in Human Evolutionary Biology will open up opportunities for careers or professional education in teaching at the elementary or high school level and public policy in the governmental and non-governmental sectors. More information about career opportunities can be found here.

Research Opportunities

EBH majors will have opportunities to participate in overseas field research and courses in the  Turkana Basin, Kenya  and  Ranomafana, Madagascar . In addition, students will have a number of opportunities to conduct laboratory research with faculty members that specialize in each of the three EBH subfields.


Students majoring in EBH must complete a minimum of 60 credits in both Core Requirements (36 credits) and Subfield Courses (24 credits minimum). At least 21 credits must be upper division courses (300 level or higher). Students can choose to sample broadly across all areas or focus on one of the three subfields. 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. More details regarding the program requirements can be found in the  Undergraduate Bulletin .

Major requirements checklist for students having declared prior to Fall 2017, click here.

Major requirements checklist  for students having declared since Fall 2017, click here.

Requirements checklist for double majors, click here.


EBH majors must complete 36 credits in Core Requirements. These include courses in Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHE), Mathematics (MAT), Anthropology (ANP / ANT) and Human Evolutionary Biology (EBH). Students must also complete a minimum of 24 credits in Subfield Courses: Human Evolution and Morphology, Human Genetics and Genomics, and Evolutionary Basis of Behavior. Subfield Courses may be substituted by a maximum of 7 credits from Related Courses in Anthropology, Biology, and Geology. Course listings for the upcoming semester can be found on the  University Registrar web page. A summarizing list of course descriptions can be found  here.

For the Spring 2020 EBH course permission request form, click here.

EBH Honors Program

The EBH honors program is designed for students preparing to continue on in health-related professional schools or graduate programs for Master’s and Doctoral degrees. EBH majors must enroll in the honors program several weeks prior to the beginning of the student’s senior year at the latest and are strongly encouraged to enroll during the student’s junior year. Students must have a strong academic record to qualify (minimum 3.0 overall GPA, and minimum 3.5 GPA in EBH courses). Additional details about the EBH honors program requirements can be found in the  Undergraduate Bulletin.

EBH Director of Undergraduate Studies
Andreas Koenig
Phone: (631) 632-1513
Assistant to the Director
Melissa Cohen
Phone: (631) 632-8604