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Human Biology

Emeriti: (Professors) Clifford Barnett (Anthropological Sciences), Luigi Cavalli-Sforza (Genetics), Carl Djerassi (Chemistry), Sanford Dornbusch (Sociology), Albert H. Hastorf (Psychology), Dale Kaiser (Biochemistry), Herant Katchadourian (Human Biology), Donald Kennedy (Biology), Carol Winograd (Medicine), (Associate Director) Shirley Feldman

Director: Carol Boggs (Biology)

Associate Director: Katherine Preston

Professors: Laurence Baker (Health Research & Policy), William H. Durham (Anthropology), Russell D. Fernald (Biology), Uta Francke (Genetics), Margaret Fuller (Developmental Biology), Lawrence H. Goulder (Economics), H. Craig Heller (Biology), Richard Klein (Biology), Tanya Luhrmann (Anthropology), Michael Marmor (Ophthalmology), Gordon Matheson (Orthopedic Surgery), Roeland Nusse (Developmental Biology), Natalie Rasgon (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences), Thomas Robinson (Pediatrics, Medicine), Robert Sapolsky (Biology), Stephen Schneider (Biology), Matthew Scott (Developmental Biology), William Talbot (Developmental Biology), Shripad Tuljapurkar (Biology), Irving Weissman (Pathology), Jeffrey Wine (Psychology), Paul Wise (Pediatrics), Arthur B. Wolf (Anthropology)

Associate Professors: Firdaus Dhabhar (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences), Anne Fernald (Psychology), Paul Fisher (Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Pediatrics), James Fox (Anthropology), John Rick (Anthropology), Randall Stafford (Medicine)

Assistant Professors: Melissa Brown (Anthropology), David DeGusta (Anthropology), James H. Jones (Anthropology), Norman G. Miller (Medicine), Michael Ramscar (Psychology)

Professors (Research): David Katzenstein (Medicine), Marcia Stefanick (Medicine)

Associate Professors (Research): Christopher Gardner (Medicine), David Lyons (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)

Professors (Teaching): Carol Boggs (Biology), Ellen Porzig (Developmental Biology)

Associate Professors (Teaching): Eunice Rodriguez (Pediatrics), Donald Barr (Sociology), Catherine Heaney (Psychology, Medicine), David Magnus (Pediatrics), Robert Siegel (Microbiology and Immunology)

Clinical Professor: Laraine Zappert (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)

Clinical Assistant Professors: Daniel Garza (Orthopedic Surgery, Emergency Medicine), Mary Therese Jacobson (Obstetrics and Gynecology)

Other Teaching Faculty and Staff: William Abrams, Wesley F. Alles (Medicine), Judy Chu, Gerda Endemann (Biology), Anne Firth-Murray, Anne Friedlander (Stanford Center on Longevity), Renu Heller, Michaela Kiernan (Medicine), Nicole Dudukovic Kuhl, Michael Mastrandrea (Earth Sciences), Lisa Medoff, Lynn Rothschild, Norman Ruby (Biology), Merritt Ruhlen (Anthropology), Darvin Scott Smith (Microbiology and Immunology), James Truncer (Anthropology), Katherine E. Williams (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences), Jennifer Wolf (Education), Nathan Wolfe, Larry Zaroff (Anesthesiology, Biomedical Ethics)

Course Associates: Tom McFadden, Lindsey Merrihew, Isabel Shelton-Mottsmith, Marci Pepper, Will Peterson, Aimee Precourt, Helen Snodgrass, Michelle Wilson

Honors Chair: Katherine Preston

Program Offices: Building 20

Mail Code: 94305-2160

Phone: (650) 725-0336

Email: (Student Services)

Web Site:

Courses offered by the Program in Human Biology have the subject code HUMBIO, and are listed in the "Human Biology [HUMBIO] Courses" section of this bulletin.

The Program in Human Biology is an interschool, interdepartmental, undergraduate major. The program's mission is to provide an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the human being from biological, behavioral, social, and cultural perspectives.

The program seeks: (a) to provide a broad and rigorous introduction to the biological and behavioral sciences and their interrelationships, and (b) to explore how this knowledge, in conjunction with studies in other fields, can be applied to formulate and evaluate health, environmental, and other public policies that influence human welfare. To achieve these goals, all students complete a 30-unit core sequence, normally in the sophomore year, that provides the foundation for the major. Also during the sophomore year, students consult with student advisers to choose a faculty adviser and complete the declaration process. Together they plan a roadmap of course work designed to help each student focus on an area of interest within Human Biology. Early planning and subsequent refining of an individualized course of study, in consultation with student and faculty advisers, is a strength and requirement of the program. The curriculum draws on faculty from across the University. To complete a B.A. in Human Biology, students must take courses from within the program and from other University departments. Most Human Biology majors go on to advanced training in professional schools, or graduate programs in the behavioral, natural, and social sciences, including coterminal master's degree programs in other University departments. Additional information about the major may be obtained from the program's offices or at

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