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.

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

14 units including the following required courses and electives:

  • Biology 213, 217, 306 (306 usually offered annually in spring)
  • Psychology 101, 351 (351 usually offered annually in spring), 442 (442 usually offered in fall of even years)
  • Biology 221 or Psychology 116
  • Chemistry 111.

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

  • Experimental Psychology: select 2 courses (these courses have "experimental psychology" in the course title; normally 2 offered each semester- PS 116 or BI 221 is prerequisite for all biopsychology majors. All students must be familiar with scientific/APA writing styles and research methodology.)
  • Biology: Biology 219, 304, 311, 312, 323, 333, 412. Biology 496 can be an elective for those majors completing the psychology senior LC.

One of the following senior-level learning communities (Student must make this decision in their junior year and inform the appropriate department):

Biology 400, Biology 400E and Biology 496 (recommended for students considering medical/dental school or graduate studies in the biological sciences or neuroscience/neurobiology)


Psychology 400 and Psychology 441 (recommended for students considering graduate studies in psychology or neuroscience with emphasis on biopsychology).

Please visit Psychology Department web site for more information.