• Total units 24 Units
  • Minor code HUEB-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Human Evolutionary Biology Minor

This Minor is designed to give students a clear understanding of the basic principles underlying evolutionary process, and how these have influenced, and continue to influence the evolution of the human species over the past seven million years. Students in this minor will develop skills to understand the evolution of human anatomy, behaviour and disease and how these set our species apart from other animals.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Explain the processes of natural selection, adaptation and speciation that underpin the evolution of humans.
  2. Discuss how evolutionary processes have molded human behaviour and anatomy.
  3. Critically evaluate hypotheses regarding the past evolution of our species and the selective pressures acting on extant human populations.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units which must include:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

BIAN1001 The Human Voyage: Introduction to Biological Anthropology

BIOL1003 Biology 1: Evolution, Ecology and Genetics


A maximum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

BIAN3113 Human Evolution

BIOL3186 Human Anatomy


A minimum of 6 units to from completion of courses from the following list:

BIAN2119 Nutrition, Disease and the Environment

BIAN2131 Evolutionary Perspectives on Parenting and Childcare

BIAN3124 Evolution and Human Behaviour

BIAN3125 Ancient Health & Disease

BIAN3127 Primate Ecology and Behaviour

BIOL2191 Ecology of Health and Disease

BIOL3131 Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology

BIOL3204 Genetics of Human Disease 1

BIOL3206 Evolution of Biodiversity

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