Clinical and Behavioral Neuroscience

The clinical and behavioral neuroscience major provides an in-depth understanding of biological bases of behavior and exposes students to the basic scientific concepts that underlies clinical symptoms and practice, to include the ways practitioners assess, diagnose, and treat clinical disorders. The major emphasizes coursework in psychology, but it also involves coursework in biology, research methodologies, psychometrics, and statistics.

With appropriate advising, the major is an option for students considering careers in clinical or counseling psychology, clinical neuropsychology, experimental psychology, forensic psychology, health psychology, occupational therapy, school psychology, and other such professions.


The clinical and behavioral neuroscience major requires 46-47 hours of coursework. 

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.
Co-requisites must be taken during the same semester.

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.

PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101
Following a brief introduction to personality theories, the course focuses on the etiology, classification and treatment of behavior disorders.

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 110: Fundamentals of Cell Biology
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: CCPS-BIOL 102.
An introductory course focusing on major biological concepts relating to molecular and cellular biology and genetics. Lecture and laboratory. Intended for students majoring in science?related disciplines.

BSCI 109: Scientific Writing
1 credit hours

This course introduces students to professional writing styles used in the behavioral sciences, emphasizing the guidelines of the American Psychological Association. The course is also designed to familiarize students with library databases used to conduct empirical literature reviews.

BSCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 or SOCI 101. 
Considers the major methods of the social sciences, including applied statistics. Topics include research design, surveys, secondary data and other unobtrusive methods, evaluation research, sampling and research reports.

BSCI 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRIM 102 or PSYC 101 or SOCI 101.  Co-requisite:  BSCI 275-L. 
This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential techniques behavioral scientists use to help guide decision-making. Emphasis is given to hypothesis testing, to include coverage of t?tests, one?way ANOVA, regression, and correlation, as well as APA-formatting issues.

BSCI 275-L: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences Laboratory
1 credit hours

Co-requisite:  BSCI 275. 
A laboratory to complement Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. SPSS basics are emphasized.

BSCI 359: Advanced Behavioral Research I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BSCI 109BSCI 200BSCI 275BSCI 275-L. 
Students enrolled in this course complete the initial stages of an original, team-based research project to include conducting and writing a literature review, devising a research design strategy and applying ethical protection of human participants. It is essential that students complete Scientific Writing, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences and Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences with lab before taking Advanced Behavioral Research I. Course fee required.

BSCI 361: Advanced Behavioral Research II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BSCI 109, BSCI 200, BSCI 275, BSCI 275-L, BSCI 359. 
As a continuation of Advanced Behavioral Research I, students enrolled in this course complete their original, team-based research project. This involves conducting the study, data analysis, reporting the findings in the context of a scientific paper and delivering a formal presentation of the research.
Course fee required. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

BSCI 380: Undergraduate Internship Experience
3 credit hours

Internships are designed to help students better understand the connection between theoretical perspectives and practices in the workplace. Before registering, students are required to meet with the behavioral sciences internship director to
learn more about expectations, requirements, and responsibilities. Students must have junior or senior status and a GPA of 2.50 or better to be eligible for internships. This course has been approved as an 
Honors qualified course.

BSCI 435: Psychological Tests and Measurements
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: DAY-BSCI 109, BSCI 200, BSCI 275, BSCI 275-L. Co-requisite: BSCI 435-L.
CCPS-CRIM 102, BSCI 274, plus 3 additional hours in criminology.

An intensive study of the theory of measurement with emphasis on errors in measurement, validity, reliability, item analysis, test construction and prediction. A laboratory period will include training in the construction, taking, scoring and interpretation of psychological tests.

BSCI 435-L: Psychological Tests and Measurements Laboratory
1 credit hours

Co-requisite: BSCI 435.
A laboratory to complement Psychological Tests and Measurements.

BSCI 493: Senior Seminar
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: DAY-Senior standing, BSCI 109, BSCI 200, BSCI 275, BSCI 275-L.
CCPS-Senior Standing, BSCI 200, BSCI 274.

This is the capstone course for the major. Current issues in the field are researched and presented in a seminar setting. Students practice the writing, oral communication and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and their future careers.This course has been approved as an 
Honors qualified course.

Choose three (3) from the following: 

BIOL 364: Neuroanatomy
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: DAY-BIOL 172. CCPS-BIOL 102 and BIOL 172.
An in?depth study of the biology of the nervous system emphasizing the relationship between neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Lecture and laboratory.

PHIL 374: Philosophy of Mind
3 credit hours

One of the most perplexing problems to haunt philosophy, but particularly since the 1600s, is the mind-body problem. Fundamentally, we will concern ourselves with investigating the (purported) connection between consciousness (the mind) and the physical world (specifically, the body). In this course, we will engage in a very in-depth theoretical investigation into the (perhaps limited) degree to which psychology can explain consciousness, and relatedly whether a complete study of consciousness necessarily requires inquiries outside of science as a whole, whether a coherent explanation of consciousness permits or rejects traditional notions of free will, how information and consciousness are related, the degree to which artificial intelligence (the creation of consciousness) is possible and the possibility of forging a link between explaining consciousness and understanding foundational metaphysics.

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.

PSYC 346: Health Psychology and Community Intervention
3 credit hours

Study of the interrelationships among biological, psychological and social factors in health and illness. Topics will include health promotion and illness prevention, behavioral medicine and psychoneuroimmunology.

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.

Because of curricular overlap, students majoring in clinical and behavioral neuroscience are not permitted to major simultaneously in behavioral neuroscience or psychology. Students are also not permitted to major in clinical and behavioral neuroscience and minor in behavioral neuroscience or psychology.

Students planning to pursue graduate studies in psychology are strongly encouraged to take lifespan development and social psychology because these courses are often required for graduate school admission.