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Program Requirements

Required Courses for the Biopsychology Major (6.0 course credits):

  • BIOL 150: Investigating Biological Concepts
  • BIOL 204: Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • CHEM 140: General Chemistry
  • PSYC 243: Mind, Brain and Behavior
  • PSYC 318: Biopyschology
  • PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology or
  • PSYC 102: Principles of Psychology as Applied to Learning

Required Research Component (Choose one sequence, 2.0 or 3.0 course credits):

Biology sequence (2.0 course credits):

  • BIOL 210: Biology Research Methods
  • BIOL 440: Research I
  • BIOL 450: Research II

Psychology sequence (3.0 course credits):

  • PSYC 201: Research Methods I: Statistics
  • PSYC 202: Research Methods II: Synthesis and Communication
  • PSYC 420: Research Seminar

Electives (3.0 course credits):

Three courses from the following, with at least one from BIOL and at least one from PSYC:

  • BIOC 201: Principles of Nutrition
  • BIOL 202: Genetics
  • BIOL 325: Advanced Physiology
  • BIOL 333: Evolution
  • BIOL/PSYC 345: Animal Behavior
  • CHEM 228: Organic Chemistry I
  • PSYC 239: Health Psychology
  • PSYC 303: Drugs and Behavior
  • PSYC 304: Cognitive Neuroscience

Note:

Students are encouraged to take PSYC 415: Readings in Psychology when relevant to biopsychology. Special Topics courses (PSYC 250 or 350, or BIOL 250) may count toward the major as electives, if approved by the program coordinator and pertaining to biopsychology. Students intending to go to graduate school in the neurosciences are encouraged to also take Organic Chemistry II as an elective.

Senior Research Component:

The senior research project, whether taken as BIOL 440/450 or PSYC 420 must be related to biopsychology, as determined by the research mentor and/or the Biopsychology major coordinator.

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