B.S. Biopsychology

Biopsychology is an interdisciplinary area of study where the major area of interest is the relationship between physiological and psychological systems. Study focuses on the neural mechanisms of behavior and cognition, evolutionary development of the nervous system, and mechanisms of nervous system and psychiatric disorders.

The biopsychology major prepares students for graduate study in biopsychology, neuropsychology, neurobiology, or related fields and for careers requiring a solid foundation in science. Graduate programs in biopsychology (also known as physiological psychology, psychobiology, and behavioral neuroscience are often located in psychology departments.

Please note:  Students doing research should be aware that limited funding is available, thanks to biology and microbiology alumni.  A simple form outlining the research and projected costs should be completed and submitted to the department chair for approval.  Application

Requirements for a Major in Biopsychology (B.S.)

14 units including the following required courses and electives:

  • Biology 213, 217, 306;
  • Psychology 101, 351, 442;
  • Biology 221 or Psychology 116;
  • Chemistry 111.

Elective courses (Select two courses from Experimental Psychology and two from Biology)

Experimental Psychology: select 2 courses.

Biology: Biology 219, 304, 311, 312, 323, 324 and 333.

One of the following junior/senior-level learning communities:

BI 400 and 400E, and BI 496 (recommended for students considering medical school or graduate studies in the biological sciences or neuroscience/neurobiology) or PS 400 and PS 441 (recommended for students considering graduate studies in psychology opr neuroscience with emphasis in biopsychology).  Students must make this decision in their junior year and inform the appropriate department.  Students selecting the Biology Senior Learning Community must take Biology 219, because it is the prerequisite to Biology 496.

Please visit Psychology Department web site for more information.