Behavioral Neuroscience Minor

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
  • other health-oriented fields

Recommendations & Requirements

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

Required Courses (19 credit hours)

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
3 credit hours

This is a survey course providing a study of the behavior of living organisms, particularly human behavior. Typical problems are methods and measurement in psychology, theoretical systems, learning, motivation, perception, personality and psychopathology.

BIOL 172: Exploring Molecular Biology
3 credit hours

Recommended prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 115 or CHEM 238
This course examines the structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins. The molecular mechanisms of replication, transcription, mRNA processing and translation will be emphasized. In addition, regulation of these processes will be explored. Lecture and laboratory. Intended for students majoring in biology or related disciplines.

BIOL 327: Psychopharmacology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 172 or PSYC 356.  
This course will explore the effects of drugs on behavior as well as how these effects are mediated by changes in synaptic activity. Emphasis is given to psychoactive drugs, such as alcohol, barbiturates, inhalants, benzodiazepines, psychostimulants, psychedelics, analgesics and antidepressants. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

PSYC 348: Psychoneuroimmunology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 172 or PSYC 356
Examines the bidirectional interaction between the brain, behavior and the immune system. Students in this course will study both human-and animal?based literature. Topics include the brain, behavior and immune interface, behavioral and psychosocial characteristics linked with immune function, the impact of stress and coping, sickness behavior, and immunoenhancement. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

PSYC 356: Biopsychology
3 credit hours

Examines the physiological, ontogenetic and functional foundations of human and animal behavior. Emphasizes central nervous system mechanisms that mediate processes such as arousal and sleep, hunger and satiety, learning and memory, aggression and violence, human psychopathology, and the psychoactive properties of recreational and therapeutic drugs.

BIOL 364: Neuroanatomy
4 credit hours

Prerequisite:  BIOL 172. 
An in?depth study of the biology of the nervous system emphasizing the relationship between neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Lecture and laboratory.

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

BIOL 323: Functional Neuroscience
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 181 and BIOL 364
Explores the cellular and molecular biology of the nervous system in order to provide an in-depth analysis of such topics as sensation and perception, consciousness and sleep, learning and memory, neuroplasticity and neural regeneration. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

PSYC 331: Biological Bases of Clinical Disorders
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 172 or PSYC 101
This course will provide an overview of the basic neuroanatomical and neurophysiological contributions to psychiatric disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, somatoform disorders, cognitive disorders, and disorders of childhood and adolescence. Pharmacological treatments will also be addressed.