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BS in Behavioral Neuroscience

The bachelor's degree in behavioral neuroscience is an interdisciplinary course of study that emphasizes the biological and social foundations of behavior. The sciences of biology and psychology have currently entered into exciting new eras. New knowledge that will change many scientific understandings is now understood or within reach, such as the uncovering of the genome, embryonic cell development, and the new understandings of the functions of the brain and how it changes with experience.

Behavioral neuroscience majors choose one of two tracks (natural science or psychological science) based on individual goals and interests.

The natural science track is a science-intensive program that provides training to students who have primary interests in the biological sciences as applied to psychology and behavior. In addition, students majoring in the natural science track of behavioral neuroscience may fully participate in the premedical studies program.

The psychological science track includes a core set of courses in biology, chemistry and physics, but is more psychology-intensive than the natural science track. This track would be appropriate for those who are most interested in psychology as a discipline, but want to focus their studies on those aspects of psychology that are most directly related to physiology and brain function, and how they relate to behavior.

Students in both tracks would be prepared for entry to graduate programs or employment in behavioral neuroscience and related fields.

Curriculum + Requirements - Natural Science Track

Behavioral neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that studies brain and behavior in a multifaceted and integrative way. The behavioral neuroscience major is a course of study that emphasizes the interaction between the psychological and biological foundations of behavior. Behavioral neuroscience majors choose one of two tracks (natural science or psychological science) based on individual goals and interests.

The natural science track is a science-intensive program that provides training to students who have primary interests in the biological sciences as applied to psychology and behavior. Students will be prepared for entry to graduate programs or employment in behavioral neuroscience and related fields.

Students on the natural science track must complete requirements for the University Curriculum, a science core, a biology and chemistry core, and a psychology core.

The University Curriculum includes: QU 101, QU 201 and QU 301; EN 101 and EN 102; MA 140 and MA 141; two courses in the sciences (BIO 101 and BIO 102); two courses in the social sciences (usually psychology courses); two courses in the humanities; one course in fine arts; and two UC elective (usually CHE 110 and CHE 11).

The science core includes: BIO 150/150L, BIO 151/151L, CHE 110/110L, CHE 11/111L, CHE 210/210L, CHE 211/211L, PHY 110/110L and PHY 111/111L.

The biology and chemistry core includes: BIO 211/211L or 227/227L, BIO 212/212L or 228/228L, BIO 329, BIO 346/346L, CHE 315/315L.

The psychology sequence courses include: PS 101, PS 206, PS 307/307L, PS 308/308L, PS 309, PS 353, PS 409.

The psychology content courses include: PS 233, PS 252, PS 352, PS 354, and PS 357.

Behavioral neuroscience majors normally complete QU 101, EN 101/EN 102, MA 140, BIO 150/BIO 151, CHE 110/CHE 111 and PS 101 in their first year. All majors are encouraged to work closely with their academic adviser to plan their progress through the major.

Premedical Studies Program
Students majoring in the natural science track of behavioral neuroscience may fully participate in the premedical studies program. The curriculum in this degree program can fulfill the science prerequisites for most professional schools. Students should refer to the academic catalog for more information about the premedical studies program and contact the Health Professions Advisory Committee for further academic advising.

Curriculum + Requirements - Psychological Science Track

Behavioral neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field that studies brain and behavior in a multifaceted and integrative way. The behavioral neuroscience major is course of study that emphasizes the interaction between the psychological and biological foundations of behavior.

Behavioral neuroscience majors choose one of two tracks (natural science or psychological science) based on individual goals and interests.

The psychological science track is a science-intensive program that provides training to students who have primary interests in the biological sciences as applied to psychology and behavior. Students will be prepared for entry to graduate programs or employment in behavioral neuroscience and related fields.

Students on the psychological science track must complete requirements for the University Curriculum, a science core, a biology and chemistry core, and a psychology core.

The University Curriculum includes: QU 101, QU 201 and QU 301; EN 101 and EN 102; MA 140 and MA 141; two courses in the social sciences (usually psychology courses); two courses in the humanities; one course in fine arts; and two UC electives (usually CHE 110 and CHE 111).

The science core includes: BIO 150/150L, BIO 151/151L, CHE 110/110L, CHE 111/111L and PHY 101.

The biology and chemistry core includes BIO 211/211L or BIO 227/227L, BIO 212/212L or BIO 228/228L, BIO 240 and BIO 329.

The psychology sequence courses include: PS 101, PS 206, PS 307/307L, PS 308/308L or PS 353, PS 309 and PS 409.

The psychology content courses include: PS 233, PS 252, PS 352, PS 354, PS 357 and three PS electives.

Behavioral neuroscience majors normally complete QU 101, EN 101/EN 102, MA 140, BIO 150/BIO 151, CHE 110/CHE 111 and PS 101 in their first year. All majors are encouraged to work closely with their academic adviser to plan their progress through the major.