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 3 or higher.

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

Introductory Requirement (3 Credits)
PSY272Introductory Psychology3
Methodological Skills Requirement (8 Credits)
PSY275Psychological Statistics 14
PSY311Research Methods in Psychology 4
Content Area Studies (18 Credits)
Physiology, Learning and Cognition:
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to the Psychology of Learning
Psychology of Perception
Psychology of Memory and Thinking
Psychology of Language
Health Psychology
Physiological Psychology
Social, Developmental and History:
Select two of the following:6
History and Systems in Psychology
Social Psychology
Psychology of Motivation
Psychology of Infancy and Childhood
Psychology of Adolescence and Adulthood
Psychology of Women
Personality and Abnormal:
Select one of the following:3
Psychology of Personality
Abnormal Psychology
Clinical and Counseling Psy
Applied:
Select one of the following:3
Industrial Psychology
Basics of Organizational Psychology
Disaster Psychology
Introduction to Psychological Testing (prerequisite: PSY 275)
Capstone Experience (3 Credits)
PSY498Seminar in Psychology (prerequisite: PSY 311)3
Electives (9 Credits)
Select three courses from any of the categories listed above or from the following: 29
Psychology of Adjustment
Indep Study Psychology
Evolutionary Psychology
Constructivism
Group Behavior
Behavior Modification: Principles and Procedures
Crisis Intervention
Psychological Study of Social Problems
Selected Topic
Fieldwork In Psychology
Independent Study Psychology
Internship in Psychology
Research Experience Component (0 Credits)
Select at least 12 half-hour experiential credits (i.e., 6 hours) completed
Required Course (3 Credits)
PSY436Physiological Psychology 3
Physiology, Learning and Cognition Courses (6 Credits)
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to the Psychology of Learning
Psychology of Perception
Evolutionary Psychology
Psychology of Memory and Thinking
Psychology of Infancy and Childhood
Psychology of Language
Health Psychology
Required Biology Courses (15-16 Credits)
BIO201
BIO211
General Biology I
and Gen Bio 1 Lab
4
BIO202
BIO212
General Biology II
and Gen Bio 2 Lab
4
BIO320Genetics 4
Select one of the following:3-4
Evolutionary Theory
BIO417
Animal Behavior
Electives (9-11 Credits)
Select three 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 adviser:9-11
Human Evolution
BIO490
Indep Study Biology
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHE461
General Physics 1
and Physics 1 Laboratory
Fundamental Physics 1
and Physics 1 Laboratory
Independent Study Psychology
Seminar in Contemporary Research
Cognitive Processes
Cognitive Neuroscience
Total Credits74-77

This eight-semester plan (see important details) is intended to guide a first-year student through a four-year undergraduate career, with completion of an academic major and all college-wide degree requirements. The plan is designed as an advising tool – a starting point for careful discussions between a student and his/her academic adviser. In consultation, the student and adviser will adjust the plan to accommodate the student’s prerequisite needs, transferred credits, and other such variables.

Students are responsible for reviewing their Progress Reports each semester to track their own progress toward degree requirements.

Eight-Semester Plan
Year 1
FallCredits
PSY272 Introductory Psychology ( (SSCI)) 1 3
Gen Ed: The Arts (ART) 3
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP) 3
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG) 3
BIO201 General Biology I ( (NSCI)) 3
BIO211 Gen Bio 1 Lab 1
 Credits16
Spring
BIO202 General Biology II ( (NSCI)) 3
BIO212 Gen Bio 2 Lab 1
PSY275 Psychological Statistics 4
Gen Ed: Composition (COMP) 3
Gen Ed: Foreign Languages (FLNG) 3
Gen Ed: Diversity (DIVR) 3
 Credits17
Year 2
Fall
PSY311 Research Methods in Psychology 4
Content Area Studies (LIST 1-4) 4 3
Gen Ed: United States Studies (USST) 3
Major Elective 3 3
Concentration Elective 5 3
 Credits16
Spring
Content Area Studies 4 3
Content Area Studies 4 3
Gen Ed: Western Civilization (WEST) 3
Concentration Elective 5 3
Gen Ed: Humanities (HUM) 3
 Credits15
Year 3
Fall
Major Elective 3 3
Content Area Studies (LIST 1-4) 4 3
Gen Ed: World Civilizations and Cultures (WRLD) 3
BIO320 Genetics 4
PSY436 Physiological Psychology 3
 Credits16
Spring
Content Area Studies 4 3
Content Area Studies 4 3
Choose one Biology course 2 3-4
Upper-division Elective 6
 Credits15-16
Year 4
Fall
PSY498 Seminar in Psychology ( (WI)) 3
Upper-division Major Elective 3 3
Upper-division Elective 9
 Credits15
Spring
Major Elective 6
Elective 6
 Credits12
 Total Credits122-123