The psychobiology major is an interdisciplinary program of study in the behavioral and biological sciences. It is designed for students interested in such fields as animal behavior, behavior genetics, cognitive or behavioral neuroscience, physiological psychology, psychopharmacology, neurobiology and developmental psychobiology.
A basic core of required courses will expose the student to the fundamental knowledge and methodological skills
peculiar to this broad area of study. Beyond these general requirements, the student may select courses of study which emphasizes either a behavioral or physiological concentration. Students who elect the psychobiology major may not elect a major or minor in either psychology or biology.
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The basic core of required courses includes: BIO 121, PSC 110, PSC 211, 212, CHM 111, CHM 112, one or two credits of Independent Study or Internship and either (a) BIO 501, 502 or (b)PSC 523.
Beyond the core requirements, students are required to take at least four elective courses, two from each department listing below. At least one elective from each department must be at the 300 level.
- AP I (BIO 211) OR AP II (BIO 312)
- Vertebrate Zoology (BIO 216)
- Genetics (BIO 219)
- Ecology (BIO 247)
- Evolution (BIO 259)
- Cell Biology (BIO 327)
- Developmental Biology (BIO 329)
- Animal Behavior (BIO 341)
- Inside the Animal Mind (PSC 227)
- Infant Development (PSC 234)
- Child Development (PSC 235)
- Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood (PSC 242)
- Learning and Behavior (PSC 317)
- Behavioral Neuroscience (PSC 324)
- Sensation and Perception (PSC 328)
- Cognitive Processes (PSC 339)
Topics courses in either department may count as an elective for the Psychobiology major with approval of the co-
Psychobiology can lead to careers in medicine, psychology, biology, animal care-taking, research and teaching in university and clinical settings. Recent graduates also have entered graduate school programs in physical therapy, neurobiology and clinical psychology; and careers as doctors, counselors, researchers and teachers.
Job titles of recent graduates include veterinarian, medical support specialist, professor, instructor, medical doctor, doctor of osteopathic medicine, occupational therapist, social worker, animal trainer and zoologist.