The Biopsychology curriculum provides students with a broad understanding of the biological bases of behavior. The curriculum provides students with an in-depth understanding of the scientific foundation for psychology and the resulting connections between psychology and biology. The Biopsychology curriculum integrates psychology and the natural sciences to provide a fuller understanding of the biological bases of behavior. The Biopsychology major is a science-based curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in the medical or allied health fields, direct entry into medical/pharmaceutical research, or graduate programs in various science-based disciplines.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates from the biopsychology major will:
- Analyze and apply the scientific process to psychology.
- Locate, retrieve, critically evaluate and communicate scientific data and knowledge.
- Communicate effectively and professionally.
- Express expertise in specific content areas of psychology.
- Display knowledge of the ethical standards, personal integrity and professional responsibilities of psychologists.
- Apply principles and practice of core information and values in a psychology practice environment through internships and applied research.
Interest in biological explanations of behavior has increased dramatically in the last decade and has led to a greater appreciation for researching brain functioning in order to understand behavior. The demand for highly trained, behaviorally oriented scientists in academic and industrial research has been substantial and is reflected in the rise of graduate programs in biopsychology and related fields such as neuroscience. The Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology integrates psychology and the natural sciences to provide a fuller understanding of the biological basis of behavior. The Biopsychology major is a science-based curriculum designed to prepare students for medical school, direct entry into medical/pharmaceutical research, or graduate programs in psychology, biopsychology, animal behavior, neuroscience and occupational therapy. Students will complete a common core of courses in psychology and science and select one of three concentration tracks: Animal Behavior, Graduate Study or Pre-Medical Studies.
Psychology Concentration Option (Select one seven-course option)
Pre-Medical Studies Option
- CHEM-201/201L, CHEM-202/202L, PHYS-201/201L, PHYS-203/203L and three additional advanced courses from biology and psychology areas (see advisor)
Animal Behavior Option
- CHEM-207/207L, ECBIO-201, ECBIO-301 and four additional advanced courses from biology and psychology areas (see advisor)
Graduate Study Option
- Seven advanced courses from biology and psychology areas (at least three from each area; see advisor)