About the Behavioral Neuroscience Program

The behavioral neuroscience major provides an in-depth understanding of fundamental principles of neuroscience and biological bases of behavior. 

The major is an option for students considering careers in:

  • biomedical sciences
  • clinical psychology or neuropsychology
  • forensic psychology
  • gerontology
  • health psychology
  • science education

If you are preparing for a career in medicine, please contact the Pre-Health Sciences Director

Choose Your Track


The major is run jointly by the Departments of Behavioral Sciences and Biology, and it has two curricular options. 

B.N. Biology Emphasis     B.N. Behavioral Science Emphasis

Behavioral Neuroscience Minor


The Scientific Core

Students pursuing a degree in behavioral neuroscience (behavioral sciences track only) also complete a series of classes endorsed by the National Science Foundation and referred to as the Scientific Core. In these courses students will:

  • use science as a problem-solving and critical thinking tool
  • work in a team-based research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor
  • present research findings at regional or national conference

Real World Experience

All students are required to do one professional internship, but many of our students elect to complete two. Student completing the psychology major (applied track) are required to participate in two internship experiences. Most recently, our students have interned at:

  • Burrell Behavioral Health
  • C.A.R.E. Animal Rescue
  • Cox Health Psychiatric Unit
  • Family Violence Center
  • Federal Public Defender’s Office
  • Juvenile Justice Center
  • Mercy Marian Center
  • Missouri Board of Probation and Parole
  • Planned Parenthood
  • U.S. Marshals Service


Our Students & Alumni

Study Abroad

Drury has many outstanding study abroad opportunities. In recent years, BHSC professors have taken students to England to study “Methods, Madness, and Murder” as well as to South Africa to study global health issues, the biological bases of clinical disorders, and infectious diseases. 

View Current Study Abroad Opportunities

What happens after graduation?

Upon graduation, nearly 100% of our students who apply are accepted to attend graduate, law, or medical school Recently, our students have chosen to study at such places as:

  • American University
  • George Washington University
  • King’s College in London
  • Purdue University
  • Sam Houston State
  • Suffolk University
  • University of California-Davis
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Medicine
  • Washington University