Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology

Outcomes & Careers

Graduates of ODU's Biopsychology program are prepared for a variety of career paths or graduate study.

Biopsychology graduates are uniquely prepared to enter graduate programs in neuroscience, health psychology and animal behavior. 

Students earning graduate degrees in Biopsychology commonly find work in academic, government or industrial research, or university teaching. 

Students in ODU's Biopsychology program will:
  • Develop a variety of marketable skills, including laboratory techniques, Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) proficiency, American Psychological Association (APA) style report writing, collaborative problem solving, and public speaking and presenting abilities.
  • Understand the bio psychosocial behavioral model as it applies to human behavior, including perception, learning, hunger, reproduction, drug addiction, language and emotions.
  • Comprehend the study of animal behavior as a means for understanding human behavior, and as a tool for behavioral ecologists, wildlife managers and domestic animal caregivers.
  • Acquire basic foundational knowledge of Biology and Psychology programs and, depending on the selection of electives, be prepared to go on to graduate studies in Biology, Psychology, Neuroscience, Ecology or other related disciplines.
  • Cultivate the critical thinking and research methods necessary to develop, test and evaluate hypotheses using the scientific method.

Graduates can pursue a career as:
  • Animal Behavior Specialists
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • Neuroscientists
  • Research Assistants in the Health Field
  • Wildlife Managers

With additional courses, ODU's Biopsychology majors can pursue degrees in:
  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary Medicine