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Biopsychology is the study of the biological basis of behavior in humans and animals.
Degree offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology
See also: Biopsychology graduates commonly find work in academic, government, or industrial research, or university teaching. Graduates of a Biopsychology program are uniquely prepared to enter graduate programs in neuroscience, health psychology, and animal behavior. 

Depending on elective selections, graduates can also explore careers as laboratory technicians and research assistants in the health field, neuroscience, or wildlife management, as well as other animal behavior specialties.

With a few additional courses, Biopsychology can be an excellent path for pre-nursing, pre-med, or pre-vet students. 

Since Biopsychology is an interdisciplinary major between the Biology and the Psychology departments, Biopsychology majors cannot have Biology or Psychology as a second major or as a minor.

Also, Psychology cannot be used to fulfill the Social Science general requirement.
  • Sample 4-Year Plan for Biopsychology Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 BIO 202
    BIO 201
    CHM 109
    PSY 100 HST
    MTH 140
    THL
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    BIO 203 PSY 332
    CORE 279 Required Elective (1)
    PSY 232 Art/Music/Theatre
    CHM 110 Social/Behavioral Science
    PHL THL
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 379 Required Elective (1)
    PSY 236 Required Elective (2)
    LNG 242 LIT
    PHL Elective
    Elective Elective
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    Required Elective (1) PSY or SCI 479
    Elective  Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Required Elective (1) – Choose one of the following courses:
    • BIO 252, BIO 330,  BIO 341, BIO 342, BIO 366, BIO 486, EXSC 214
    Required Elective (2) – Choose one of the following courses:
    • PSY 224, PSY 234, PSY 335, PSY 354, PSY 433, PSY 434, PSY 497
    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.S. in Biopsychology
    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in addition to the major requirements listed below.
     Required Biology Courses Credits
    BIO 201 General Biology: Cells, Genetics & Evolution 4*
    BIO 202 General Biology: Botany, Zoology & Ecology 4*
    BIO 203 General Biology: Anatomy & Physiology 4*
    Select two courses from the following:

    Courses Credits
    BIO 252 Human Nutrition 3
    BIO 330 Ecology 4
    BIO 341 Human Anatomy 4
    BIO 342 Human Physiology 4
    BIO 366 Genetics 4
    BIO 486 Independent Research 1-8
    EXSC 214 Introduction to Pharmacology 3
    Required Psychology Courses Credits
    PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3*
    PSY 232 Research Methods and Statistics I 3*
    PSY 332 Research Methods and Statistics II 3*
    PSY 236 Biopsychology 3*
    Select two courses from the following:

    Courses Credits
    PSY 224 Human Development: Lifespan 3
    PSY 234 Animal Behavior 3
    PSY 335 Health Psychology 3
    PSY 354 Psychopathology 3
    PSY 433 Learning & Motivation 3
    PSY 434 Cognitive Processes 3
    PSY 497 Field Work (maximum of 3 credits) 3
    Senior Seminar

    Courses Credits
    PSY 479 or SCI 479 Senior Seminar 3*
    Required Correlatives

    Courses Credits
    CHM 109 General Chemistry I 4
    CHM 110 General Chemistry II 4
    MTH 140 Introduction to Statistics 3
    Total Credits Required 50-52
    *Used to Calculate the Major GPA