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BS in Behavioral Neuroscience

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Overview

In your circle of friends, there’s probably one person who’s disorganized and constantly late and another who is so organized, she labels her drawers and cabinets. What motivates people to act a certain way? In the field of behavioral neuroscience, we search for these answers and more.

Program Overview

This broad and dynamic discipline helps us understand the connection between the brain and behavior. You’ll study learning, memory, cognition, motivation and emotion. Research in the field includes the study of Alzheimer’s disease, autism, anxiety disorders and substance abuse. 

As a behavioral neuroscience major, you’ll choose from two tracks. The natural science track provides training to students who are interested in the biological sciences as applied to psychology and behavior. The psychological science track focuses on physiology and brain function, and how they relate to behavior. Majors pursue careers in mental health, human resources and social work, among others. 

Our students have participated in research projects with our expert faculty members and with researchers at institutions across the country. Quinnipiac hosts the Northeast Under/graduate Research Organization for Neuroscience’s annual research conference that attracts notable researchers in the field. You’ll graduate well prepared to pursue an advanced degree and to succeed in fields that require strong critical-thinking skills.

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Behavioral Neuroscience: Natural Science Track

Students on the natural science track must complete a biological and physical science core, and a psychology core.

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Requirements 2,36
Biological and Physical Science Core
BIO 150
& 150L
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
4
BIO 151
& 151L
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
4
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
CHE 210
& 210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
CHE 211
& 211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
or
PHY 121
University Physics
PHY 122
University Physics II
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
4
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
BIO 329Neurobiology3
BIO 346
& 346L
Cell Physiology
and Cell Physiology Lab
4
CHE 315
& 315L
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab I
4
Psychology Core
PS 101Introduction to Psychology3
PS 206Introduction to Statistics in Psychology3
or PS 353 Research Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience
PS 401Integrative Capstone for Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Majors3
Psychology Content Courses
PS 233Cognitive Psychology3
PS 252Physiological Psychology3
PS 272Abnormal Psychology3
PS 354Sensation and Perception3
PS 357Drugs, Brain and Behavior3

All majors are encouraged to work closely with their academic adviser to plan their progress through the major.

BS in Behavioral Neuroscience: Psychological Science Track

All students majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience: psychological science track must complete a biological and physical science core and a psychology core.

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Requirements 2,36
Biological and Physical Science Core
BIO 150
& 150L
General Biology for Majors
and General Biology for Majors Laboratory
4
BIO 151
& 151L
Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics
and Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Lab
4
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
PHY 101
& 101L
Elements of Physics
and Elements of Physics Lab
4
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
4
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
BIO 240Cellular Communication3
BIO 329Neurobiology3
Psychology Core
PS 101Introduction to Psychology3
PS 206Introduction to Statistics in Psychology3
or PS 353 Research Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience
PS 401Integrative Capstone for Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Majors3
Psychology Content Courses
PS 233Cognitive Psychology3
PS 252Physiological Psychology3
PS 272Abnormal Psychology3
PS 354Sensation and Perception3
PS 357Drugs, Brain and Behavior3
Three 200 or above PS electives9
Behavioral Neuroscience majors, on either track, normally complete the following courses in their first year 4
FYS 101First-Year Seminar3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable 33
BIO 150General Biology for Majors4
BIO 151Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics4
CHE 110General Chemistry I3
CHE 111General Chemistry II3
PS 101Introduction to Psychology3
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All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum

2

Students must complete the College of Sciences Curriculum requirements specific to their major. See details below.

3

 Students who do not directly place into MA 141 should take MA 140.

4

 Some of these courses can fulfill the University Curriculum requirements.

All majors are encouraged to work closely with their academic adviser to plan their progress through the major.

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

 

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

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