The B.S. major in human biology is designed to meet the needs of students who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine or biomedical research. Like many other biological sciences majors at UC Santa Cruz, the human biology major satisfies subject requirements for most medical schools. Unique features of the human biology major are the required courses related to human health, the requirement of proficiency in Spanish, including a course in medical Spanish for health care workers, and participation in a formal internship program. About 100 students at UC Santa Cruz seek admission to medical school each year; UC Santa Cruz students have been accepted at the eight California medical schools, as well as at all the major medical schools in the country, including Harvard, Yale, and Johns Hopkins.
Study and Research Opportunities
The Health Sciences Internship Program offers students a unique opportunity for personal growth and professional development. Paired with a professional mentor, students spend one quarter interning in a community health care setting. Placement opportunities cover a broad range - from individual physicians to community clinics and hospitals, hospices, and public health agencies - and provide students with the opportunity to experience working in health care. The Health Sciences Internship Coordinator works with students to prepare them for their internship and match them with an appropriate placement.
Information for First-Year Students (Freshmen)
In addition to the courses required for UC admission, high school students who intend to major in biology should take high school courses in biology, chemistry, advanced mathematics (precalculus and/or calculus), and physics.
The MCDB department has a qualification policy that applies to the molecular, cell and developmental biology B.S.; human biology B.S.; biology BS and neuroscience B.S. majors. For more information about these and other MCDB majors, see the MCD Biology Undergraduate Program website and the UCSC Catalog.
Information for Transfers
Junior transfer students who plan to major in the biological sciences must complete the qualification requirements prior to transfer.
Junior-level transfer students are also strongly encouraged to complete a year of organic chemistry, calculus, and calculus-based physics courses prior to transfer. This will prepare transfers to begin their advanced degree requirements and allow time in their senior year for doing research. California community college students should follow the prescribed coursework in the UCSC transfer agreements available at www.assist.org.
- Medical technology
- Physical Therapy
- Physician’s assistant
- Public health
- Veterinary medicine
These are only samples of the field’s many possibilities.
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