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Behavioral Neuroscience Minor

The department of behavioral sciences focuses on the disciplines of psychology, criminology, sociology, behavioral neuroscience, and community health. Behavioral neuroscience explores biological processes underlying behavior. Information derived from behavioral neuroscience helps us understand normal and abnormal brain development and subsequent behaviors, the role of environmental factors on brain functioning and how brain dysfunction is linked to physical and mental health. Because the field is interdisciplinary and integrative, studies of brain-behavior linkages incorporate findings related to learning, memory, intellectual functioning, language, sensation, perception, motivation, emotion and development.

The behavioral neuroscience minor requires the completion of coursework in two disciplines, psychology and biology. This academically rigorous program will be of interest to students considering careers in medicine, clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, forensic psychology, gerontology, health psychology, sports psychology, biology, biomedical sciences, neuroscience, science education, or any other health-oriented field.

The behavioral neuroscience minor requires a minimum of 19 credit hours.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

BIOL 172: Exploring Molecular Biology
PSYC 327: Psychopharmacology
PSYC 348: Psychoneuroimmunology
PSYC 356: Biopsychology
PSYC 364: Neuroanatomy

Choose one course from the following electives (3-4 hours):

PSYC 323: Functional Neuroscience
PSYC 331: Biological Bases of Clinical Disorders

Students earning the behavioral neuroscience minor are strongly encouraged to take PSYC 101.