Behavioral Neuroscience focuses on the biological basis of human behavior. The program combines the disciplines of biology and psychology to appreciate the scope of human behavior and then understand how the behavior of humans and other animals is controlled by physiological systems.
Course work is designed to provide an understanding of nerve cells, chemical neurotransmission, and neural circuits as well as fundamental biological processes such as inheritance, development, and physiology and then to see how these biological mechanisms give rise to normal and pathological behavior. The curriculum includes a strong background in chemistry and mathematics and prepares students for higher degree granting programs in graduate or medical school. In addition, students with a bachelor’s degree are qualified for employment in a variety of fields from clinical and basic research to positions in health care or
The coursework leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Neuroscience consists of a set of required courses in psychology, biology, mathematics, and chemistry as well as several pre-approved advanced electives in psychology and biology.
For the Experiential Education requirement , students take a course that explores the relationship between academic learning and its application outside the classroom.
All students are required to take Introduction to College for Behavioral Neuroscience Students during the fall of their freshman year. This course will introduce students to the field of Neuroscience, help students develop career management expertise, and learn about research opportunities. Studnets will also be introduced to the Cooperative Education Program and meet potential employers.
In addition, students must also complete the general requirements (Core Curriculum) of the College of Arts and Sciences. The course work required by the major and by the college constitute approximately 150 of the 176 credits required for graduation. The remaining electives can be taken in any area chosen by the student.
Students will be expected to take 10 additional courses of their choosing. For students interested in specific graduate school programs, chosen courses should include those necessary for admittance to these programs.