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Undergraduate Program

Degree Requirements: Major in Biopsychology

Biopsychology is an interdepartmental major for students particularly interested in neurobiology and behavior. Biopsychology majors may not double major in psychology or biology. Please consult the Department of Biology or the Department of Psychology for details about this program. All courses take for the biopsychology major must be worth 3 SHUs or more.

There are ten recourses required: five in biology and five in psychology. These include the following:

  1. Five Biology Courses
    1. Biology 13 w/Lab: Cells and Organisms
    2. Biology 41: General Genetics
    3. Biology 130: Animal Behavior
    4. Biology 75: Comparative Vertebrate Physiology OR
      Biology 110: Endocrinology OR
      Biology 115: General Physiology I OR
      Biology 116: General Physiology II OR
      Biology 117: Physiology of Movement OR
      Biology 134: Neurobiology
    5. One Biology Elective (Biology course numbered 13 or higher)
  2. Five Psychology Courses
    1. Psychology 31: Statistics for Behavioral Science OR
      Bio 132: Biostatistics OR
      CEE 6/CH 136: Biostatistics OR
      CEE 156: Biostatics OR
      CSHD 140: Problems of Research - Statistics
    2. Psychology 32: Experimental Psychology
    3. Psychology 103: Brain & Behavior
          Note: Students may substitute PSY 25 for PSY 103, but must then take an additional third course selected from List 1.
    4. & 10. Two Psychology Electives chosen from the following list:

      List 1
      Psychology 22: Emotion
      Psychology 26: Animal Learning and Cognition
      Psychology 27: Perception
      Psychology 29: Human Neuropsychology
      Psychology 40: Physiological Psychology Lab
      Psychology 41: Perception and Cognition Lab
      Psychology 42: Emotion Lab
      Psychology 45: Laboratory in Functional Neuroimaging
      Psychology 46: Laboratory in Animal Cognition
      Psychology 48: Psychopharmacology Lab
      Psychology 49: Psychophysiology Lab
      Psychology 104: Advanced Seminar in Physiological Psychology
      Psychology 111: Psychiatric Medication in Children
      Psychology 112: Biological Bases of Psychopathology
      Psychology 117: Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
      Psychology 122: Cognitive Aging
      Psychology 123: Psychopharmacology
      Psychology 126: Origins of Cognition
      Psychology 127: Behavioral Endocrinology
      Psychology 128: Advanced Seminar in Nutrition and Behavior
      Psychology 129: Cognitive Neuroscience
      Psychology 131: Neuropsychology
      Psychology 142: Seminar in Affective Neuroscience
      Psychology 144: Memory and Retention
      Psychology 146: Comparative Cognition and Behavior
      Psychology 154: Psychosis
      Psychology 156: Long Term Memory Processes
      Psychology 159: Emotion, Stress and Health
      Psychology 196: Various, but not all, special topics PSY 196 offerings (check the current list of course offerings for details regarding which PSY 196 seminars in a given semester have been approved for biopsych credit)

Summary of Biopsychology Major Instructions and Policies

  • Ten courses of 3 semester-hour credits or more required.
  • No major course may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • Biopsychology majors may not double major in either Biology or Psychology, or in any of the other majors housed in the Psychology Department.
  • If you have more than one major, please see Bulletin for rules on double-counting courses across.
  • If you have a minor, no more than two course credits used toward the minor may be used toward foundation, distribution, major, or other minor requirements.