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Human Biology Major

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Program Overview

Human Biology is the scientific study of living organisms with an emphasis on humans and their interactions with their environment. Some sub-disciplines include morphology, taxonomy, physiology, cell biology, biochemistry, neurobiology, development, genetics, evolution and ecology. Laboratory work is an integral component allowing students to apply their scientific study to real-life settings. The Human Biology Program is largely designed for students with a strong interest in the health sciences, incorporating biology, psychology, physical science and social science courses with a human health focus. This program instills the basic foundations required for health-related careers in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy and policy/management.

Complementary Programs: Major programs in Conservation and Biodiversity, Plant Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology & Disease, Population Health, Neuroscience, Psychology.

Check out future career opportunities and skills acquired from completing this program:

1. Competencies & Skills

  • RESEARCH: Experimental design, data analysis using statistics, critical interpretation
  • COMMUNICATION: effectively use multiple formats (written, oral, poster, debate, multimedia)
  • PROFESSIONAL CAPACITY: Teamwork skills, meet deadlines and expectations, accept and provide constructive criticism, objectively evaluate the contributions of others
  • VALUES: Be a strong advocate for science

2. Careers for Graduates

  • Research Assistant (hospital, university, private)
  • Food Inspection Agencies (research, quality control)
  • Researcher-Public Health, Government Agencies
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Medical Supply Sales
  • Biopharmaceuticals (research, quality control)

3. Further Education

  • Graduate Studies
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical or Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Nursing
  • Teacher Education
  • Naturopathic or Chiropractic Medicine
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Radiology Technologist (MRI, CT)
  • Clinical Research
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health & Public Policy

Program Pathway

Year 1
CHOOSE YOUR COURSES WISELY
DEVELOP YOUR ACADEMIC & RESEARCH SKILLS
APPLY THEORY TO PRACTICE
BECOME AN ENGAGED CITIZEN (LOCALLY & GLOBALLY)
PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE CAREER
  • Attend program information sessions offered by the department to become informed about degree programs.
  • Volunteer with organizations to explore your interest in industries related to your program of study.
  • Attend the UTSC Get Experience Fair in September or register with SCSU's Volunteer Network Program.
Year 2
CHOOSE YOUR COURSES WISELY

DEVELOP YOUR ACADEMIC & RESEARCH SKILLS

  • Check the Research Catalogue and Job Boards on CLNx for possible research opportunities.
  • Volunteer in a research lab, hospital, doctor’s office, or community organization.
  • Consider Work Study (>Jobs & Recruitment>Work Study) or a directed research course (BIOB98).
  • Attend your professor’s office hours.

APPLY THEORY TO PRACTICE

  • Take part in “Conversation with Biologists” to interact with leading scientists and learn about their research and career trajectory.
  • Check the Research Catalogue and Job Boards on CLNx for possible research opportunities.

BECOME AN ENGAGED CITIZEN (LOCALLY & GLOBALLY)

PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE CAREER

  • Gain experience by applying for a summer, part-time or Work Study position via CLNx (>Jobs & Recruitment).
  • Speak to professors and program advisors so you know what to keep in mind for grad school.
  • Explore careers through the AA&CC’s Job Shadowing and In The Field programs.
  • Apply for DSL’s All-In Leadership program.
Year 3

CHOOSE YOUR COURSES WISELY

  • 1.5 credits from selected C-level BIO or NRO courses (check the UTSC Calendar for further details).
  • Use Degree Explorer to ensure you are on track with your degree.
DEVELOP YOUR ACADEMIC & RESEARCH SKILLS
APPLY THEORY TO PRACTICE
  • Continue to build on your skills and knowledge through relevant events offered through your department, student groups, DSL and the AA&CC.
  • Run for an elected position in a student organization.
BECOME AN ENGAGED CITIZEN (LOCALLY & GLOBALLY)
PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE CAREER
Year 4 or Final Year
CHOOSE YOUR COURSES WISELY
  • 0.5 credit from selected D-level BIO or NRO courses (check the UTSC Calendar for further details).
  • Use Degree Explorer to ensure you are on track to graduate.
  • Register your “Intent to Graduate” on ACORN by the deadline.
DEVELOP YOUR ACADEMIC & RESEARCH SKILLS
APPLY THEORY TO PRACTICE
BECOME AN ENGAGED CITIZEN (LOCALLY & GLOBALLY)
  • Participate in the AA&CC’s Partners in Leadership program to learn and network with an alumni mentor about transitioning to work or further education.
  • Consider joining a relevant professional association; volunteer for their events and get to know people in your industry of interest.
PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE CAREER
  • Attend the AA&CC’s Get Hired job search conference in April/May.
  • Attend the Jobs for Grads orientation for a job search “crash course;” find job opportunities on CLNx.
  • Discuss grad school plans early with staff at the AA&CC and your professors.
  • Get your Personal Statement reviewed in the AA&CC.

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Did You Know

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