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BS in Behavioral Neuroscience

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 requirements for the University Curriculum, a science core, a biology and chemistry core, and a psychology core.

Course List
University Curriculum
FYS 101First Year Seminar3
UC Elective3
UC Capstone3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
MA 140Pre-Calculus3
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable I3
Two courses in the sciences:
BIO 150General Biology for Majors4
BIO 151Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics4
Two social science courses (usually psychology courses)6
Two humanities courses6
One course in fine arts3
Two UC Electives (usually CHE 110 and CHE 111)6
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
Biology and Chemistry Core
Select one of the following:4
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
BIO 227
& 227L
Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
and Comparative Anatomy and Physiology Lab
Select one of the following:4
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
BIO 228
& 228L
Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
and Comparative Anatomy and Physiology Lab
BIO 329Neurobiology3
BIO 346
& 346L
Cell Physiology
and Cell Physiology Lab
4
CHE 315
& 315L
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab I
4
Psychology Sequence Courses
PS 101Introduction to Psychology3
PS 206Introduction to Statistics in Psychology3
PS 307
& 307L
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
and Introduction to Methods Lab
4
Select one of the following:3-4
PS 308
& 308L
Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
and Advanced Research Methods Lab
PS 353
Research Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience
PS 309History of Psychology3
PS 409Senior Seminar in Psychology3
Psychology Content Courses
PS 233Cognitive Psychology3
PS 252Physiological Psychology3
PS 354Sensation and Perception3
PS 357Drugs, Brain and Behavior3
Total Credits132-133

Behavioral neuroscience majors normally complete the following in their first year:

Course List
FYS 101First Year Seminar3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
MA 140Pre-Calculus3
BIO 150General Biology for Majors4
BIO 151Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics4
CHE 110General Chemistry I3
CHE 111General Chemistry II3
PS 101Introduction to Psychology3
Total Credits29

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

Students on the psychological science track must complete requirements for the University Curriculum, a science core, a biology and chemistry core, and a psychology core.

Course List
University Curriculum
FYS 101First Year Seminar3
UC Elective3
UC Capstone3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
MA 140Pre-Calculus3
MA 141Calculus of a Single Variable I3
Two social sciences course (usually psychology courses)6
Two humanities courses6
One fine arts course3
Two additional UC electives (usually CHE 110 and CHE 111)6
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 101Elements of Physics3
Biology and Chemistry Core
Select one of the following:4
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
BIO 227
& 227L
Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
and Comparative Anatomy and Physiology Lab
Select one of the following:4
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
BIO 228
& 228L
Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
and Comparative Anatomy and Physiology Lab
BIO 240Cellular Communication3
BIO 329Neurobiology3
Psychology Sequence Courses
PS 101Introduction to Psychology3
PS 206Introduction to Statistics in Psychology3
PS 307
& 307L
Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
and Introduction to Methods Lab
4
Select one of the following:3-4
PS 308
& 308L
Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
and Advanced Research Methods Lab
PS 353
Research Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience
PS 309History of Psychology3
PS 409Senior Seminar in Psychology3
Psychology Content Courses
PS 233Cognitive Psychology3
PS 252Physiological Psychology3
PS 354Sensation and Perception3
PS 357Drugs, Brain and Behavior3
Three PS electives9
Total Credits115-116

Behavioral neuroscience majors normally complete the following in their first year:

Course List
FYS 101First Year Seminar3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
MA 140Pre-Calculus3
BIO 150General Biology for Majors4
BIO 151Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics4
CHE 110General Chemistry I3
CHE 111General Chemistry II3
PS 101Introduction to Psychology3
Total Credits29

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