Undergraduate Catalog

Psychobiology

Psychology - Concentration in Psychobiology - 65*-68 credits

* Students who receive three (3) transfer credits for a course considered equivalent to PSY275 Psychological Statistics may fulfill the major requirements with 65 credits.

Many graduate programs in psychology regard a broad undergraduate background in natural, physical, and social sciences as the best preparation for graduate study. For those students interested in pursuing graduate training in physiological psychology, psychobiology, neuropsychology, or animal behavior, or in preparing for professional school while combining an interest in these areas, the department offers a concentration in psychobiology.

To declare the concentration in psychobiology, you must have a transcript that indicates:

1) Completion of Introductory Psychology (PSY272)
2) An overall GPA of 2.75 or better and a Math Placement Level (MPL) of 4 or higher.

Note: A maximum of six transfer courses in Psychology and nine transfer courses overall will be counted toward the major.


Completion of the Psychology major..................40-41 credits
Some courses required for the Psychobiology concentration also fulfill Psychology's Content Area or elective requirements.

Required course...................................................3 credits
PSY436 Physiological Psychology (3) - also may count toward Psychology's Content Area or elective requirement

Physiology, Learning & Cognition courses..........6 credits
Choose two (2) of the following courses, which also may count toward Psychology's Content Area or elective requirement:

PSY303 Introduction to Psychology of Learning (3)
PSY305 Psychology of Perception (3)
PSY307 Evolutionary Psychology (3)
PSY310 Psychology of Memory & Thinking (3)
PSY343 Psychology of Infancy & Childhood (3)
PSY402 Psychology of Language (3)
PSY403 Health Psychology (3) [WI]

Required Biology courses....................................15-16 credits
BIO201 General Biology I (3) and BIO211 General Biology I Lab (1)
BIO202 General Biology II (3) and BIO212 General Biology II Lab (1)
BIO320 Genetics (3) and BIO321 Genetics Lab (1)
Plus one of the following courses (3-4 credits):
BIO370 Animal Physiology (4)
BIO412 Evolutionary Theory (3)
BIO418 Animal Behavior (3)

Electives................................................................9-11 credits
Choose three (3) courses from the course lists of the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology.  A list of potential courses appears below. Other courses might be chosen in agreement with the Psychobiology advisor.

ANT301 Human Evolution (3) [Anthropology]
BIO349 Biology Research (3) [Biology]
BIO491 Capstone Research (3) [Biology]
CHE201 and CHE211 General Chemistry I (3) and General Chemistry I Lab (1) [Chemistry]
CHE202 and CHE212 General Chemistry II (3) and General Chemistry II Lab (1) [Chemistry]
CHE318 and CHE306 Organic Chemistry I (3) and Organic Chemistry I Lab (1) [Chemistry]
CHE319 and CHE309 Organic Chemistry II (3) and Organic Chemistry II Lab (1) [Chemistry]
CHE461 Biochemistry (3) [Chemistry]
PHY201 and PHY211 General Physics I (3) and Physics I Lab (1) [Physics]
PHY221 and PHY211 Fundamental Physics (3) and Physics I Lab (1) [Physics]
PSY495 Independent Study (3) [Psychology]
PSY558 Seminar in Contemporary Research (3) [Psychology]
PSY560 Cognitive Processes (3) [Psychology]
PSY570 Cognitive Neuroscience (3) [Psychology]