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Human Evolutionary Biology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #176 (BCR) New York City, NY, United States
The major in Human Evolutionary Biology is offered jointly by the Departments of Anthropology and of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University. It provides interdisciplinary training in the natural sciences and anthropology to examine how evolutionary forces shaped the human condition.
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Key Features

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 Human Evolutionary Biology major at Stony Brook University 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Skills
  • Computer-based Biostatistics
  • Hormones and Behavior
  • Behavioral Ecology
  • Advanced Human Genetics
  • Genomics Laboratory
  • Senior Honors Project in Human Evolutionary Biology
  • Internship in Human Evolutionary Biology

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General Requirements

  • If you are a freshman applicant, you must have completed the highest level of secondary education in your country of residence. We look for a strong secondary academic program with courses in math, natural sciences, and English (or, if English is the language of instruction, another language).
  • If you have attended any college or university after graduating from secondary school you must apply as a transfer student. Applicants are required to have performed well in a strong academic program, having completed at least 24 credits with a GPA of 3.0 or higher by the time they submit their application. If the applicant has earned fewer than 24 credits, high school transcripts must also be submitted.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24940 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24940 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24940 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24940 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7270 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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