Special Major in Psychobiology
Current as of Spring 2010. Check back for updates.
The Departments of Psychology and Biology offer a special major that combines work in the two departments, focusing on the biological basis of behavior.
Majors are required to take Psyc 030 and at least two courses from each of the three groups of optional courses.
In addition, majors will satisfy a comprehensive requirement, normally by completing a senior thesis (taken for 2 credits, one each semester of the senior year) or by successful completion of a special comprehensive examination.
For admission to the major, students must have completed at least two courses in each department, and must have maintained at least a B average (3.0) in both biology and psychology.
In addition, they must have completed:
Students who have not completed the entry requirements may apply if they will qualify by the end of the next semester following application. They will be deferred from acceptance to the major pending successful completion of the courses. Students who would be deferred longer than 1 1/2 semesters should apply instead for either a biology or a psychology major and plan to change to psychobiology when they qualify for it.
Students are required to take Stat 011 Statistical Methods, preferably before entering the junior year, or as soon thereafter as possible. Statistics does not count in the courses for the special major, but is a requirement for it.
The special major is comprised of a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 courses in the categories below. All students will complete the courses in the Core category, but they may choose to count Bio 001, 002 and Psychology 001 as part of the major or as prerequisites for it, depending on the rest of their program. Students will include a list of the courses comprising their major with the application and will confirm a final list at the beginning of their final semester. Applicants should use the Psychobiology Special Major application form available from either department, listing the courses they have completed, those they are currently taking, and those they intend to take in the major , copies of which, with signatures from a representative of each department, should be submitted to both departments and to the Registrar.
Note: Qualified students may study psychobiology in the Honors Program. Details about the Special Honors Major in Psychobiology are available on an additional sheet from either department.
||Cellular and Molecular Biology
|Biology 002||Organismal and Polulation Biology|
|Psychology 001||Introduction to Psychology|
|Psychology 030||Physiological Psychology|
See department information packets for schedule
|Group 1: Biological Foundations ( at least 1 )
|Biology 014||Cell Biology|
|Biology 020||Animal Physiology|
|Biology 021||Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy|
|Biology 024||Developmental Biology|
|Biology 110||Human Genetics|
|Biology 111||Developmental Genetics|
|Chem 038||Biological Chemistry|
|Group 2: Bio-behavioral Foundations ( 2 )
|Biology 030||Animal Behavior|
|Biology 123||Learning and Memory|
|Biology 124||Hormones and Behavior|
|Biology 130||Behavioral Ecology|
|Psychology 031||Cognitive Neuroscience|
|Psychology 042||Human Intelligence
|Psychology 043||Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
|Psychology 091||Advanced Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience|
|Psychology 130||Physiological Psych. seminar (1 credit.)
|Group 3: Psychological Processes ( 2 )
|COGS 001||Introduction to Cognitive Science
(counts for major when taught by psychologist)
|Psychology 033||Cognitive Psychology
|Psychology 133||Cognitive Psychology Seminar (1 credit)|
|Psyc / Ling 034||Psychology of Language
|Psyc / Ling 134||Psycholinguistics Seminar (1 credit)|
|Psychology 036||Thinking, Judgment & Decision Making
|Psychology 136||Thinking, Judgment & Decision Making Seminar|
|Psychology 038||Clinical Psychology (every semester)|
|Psychology 138||Clinical Psychology Seminar (1 credit)(every Fall)|
|Psychology 039||Developmental Psychology
|Psychology 139||Developmental Psychology Seminar (1 Credit)|
|Psychology 041||Children at Risk
Note: This is not a definitive list. By consulting both departments, students may request to have other suitable courses added to these groupings.
Special 096, 097 (2 credits) Thesis: Psychobiology or PSYCH 110 (1 credit) Research Practicum in Cognitive Neuroscience.