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 the ways in which brain dysfunctions are 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 three disciplines, psychology, biology, and philosophy. This academically rigorous program will be of interest to students considering careers in medicine, clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, forensic psychology, gerontology, health psychology, sport psychology, biology, occupational therapy, and science education.
The Behavioral Neuroscience minor requires 23-24 credit hours of coursework. All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.