W. Martin Usrey, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior
Department Office. 196 Briggs Hall; 530-752-0203; http://www.npb.ucdavis.edu
Jodi Nunnari, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Department Office. 149 Briggs Hall; 530-752-3611; http://www.mcb.ucdavis.edu
Faculty includes all members of the Departments of Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Evolution & Ecology, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, and Plant Biology in the College of Biological Sciences.
The Human Biology major provides students with a broad biological understanding of our species, from molecules, genes, and cells to tissues, organ systems and organism/environment interactions. The curriculum includes classes on the basic principles that help us understand normal human physiology, human health, and the molecular basis of disease. The Human Biology major provides fundamental knowledge needed for a broad range of careers, including those in the areas of healthcare, biotechnology, public health, public policy, and education, and for advanced study in health-related disciplines, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, and pharmacy.
In the freshman and sophomore years, students majoring in Human Biology build a broad scientific background, taking courses in chemistry, biology, physics, and mathematics. As juniors or seniors, students can enroll in a variety of courses focused on biological processes and diseases that affect humans.