Biopsychology Program

Biopsychology is an interdisciplinary program which applies the perspectives and techniques of both biology and psychology to the study of the brain and behavior. Biopsychologists are interested in how the interactions of brain, body, and environment contribute to animal (including human) behavior. Bio­psychologists study the structure and function of the nervous system, the development and evolution of neural and behavioral systems, and interactions among behavior, environment, physiology, and heredity. 

This program is ideal for those students with interests in the biological and psychological sciences. A concentration in biopsychology can prepare students for graduate study in either biology or psychology, particularly in the neurosciences.

Requirements for Concentration: 13 units; all students must take:
Biology 151 The Evolution of Biological Diversity (1)
Biology 152 The Cellular Basis of Life (1)
Psychology 105 or 106 Introduction to Psychology (1)
Psychology 200 Statistics and Experimental Design (1)
Psychology 241 or 243 Physiological Psychology (1)
Biopsychology 201 Models and Systems in Biopsychology (1)
Psychology 229 or 249 Research Methods in Learning and Behavior or Research Methods in Physiological Psychology (1)
Biopsychology 301 Seminar in Biopsychology (1)

Requirements for Concentration: 13 units; all students must take:
Biology 151 The Evolution of Biological Diversity (1)
Biology 152 The Cellular Basis of Life (1)
Psychology 105 or 106 Introduction to Psychology (1)
Psychology 200 Statistics and Experimental Design (1)
Psychology 241 or 243 Physiological Psychology (1)
Biopsychology 201 Models and Systems in Biopsychology (1)
Psychology 229 or 249 Research Methods in Learning and Behavior or Research Methods in Physiological Psychology (1)
Biopsychology 301 Seminar in Biopsychology (1)

Recommendations: Students are strongly recommended to complete Chemistry 108-109 and 244-245 and would benefit greatly from coursework in mathematics, physics, and computer science. Students are advised to take in their freshman year: Biology 151, Biology 152, and Psychology 105 or 106.

Advisers: Mr. Bean, Ms. Christensen, Mr. Cynx, Ms. Gray, Mr. Hemmes, Mr. Holloway, Mr. Long, Mr. Straus, Ms. Susman, Mr. Suter.


Course Offerings

See biology and chemistry.