Biopsychology Program

Faculty: see Biology and Psychology.

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)

After consultation with the major adviser, five other courses not taken as Required Courses (see list above) should be chosen from the following list. Three of these courses should be at the 300–level. Of these three courses at the 300–level, at least one should be from the biology department and one from the psychology department.

Approved Courses

Psychology 211     Perception and Action (1) 
Psychology 213     Language (1) 
Psychology 215     Knowledge and Cognition (1) 
Psychology 221     Learning and Behavior (1) 
Psychology 223     Comparative Psychology (1) 
Psychology 262     Abnormal Psychology (1) 
Psychology 264     Behavioral Genetics (1) 
Psychology 229 or 249     Research Methods in Learning and Behavior or Research Methods in Physiological Psychology (1) 
Biology 226     Animal Structure and Diversity (1) 
Biology 228     Animal Physiology (1) 
Biology 232     Developmental Biology (1) 
Biology 238     Principles of Genetics (1) 
Biology 272     Biochemistry (1)

AdvancedEntry into particular 300–level courses may be constrained by prerequisites: see course descriptions for the individual courses listed under Biology and Psychology.

Psychology 323     Seminar in Comparative Psychology (1) 
Psychology 341     Seminar in Physiological Psychology (1) 
Psychology 343     Seminar on States of Consciousness (1) 
Psychology 364     Seminar in Gender and Psychology (1) 
Biology 316     Neurobiology (1) 
Biology 323     Cell Biology (1) 
Biology 324     Molecular Biology (1) 
Biology 340     Animal Behavior (1) 
Biology 350     Evolutionary Biology (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, Ms. Land, Mr. Long, Mr. Straus, Ms.  Susman, Mr. Suter.

Course Offerings

See biology and psychology.

201. Models and Systems in Biopsychology (1)

A multidisciplinary approach to the methods, issues, empirical findings and literature of biopsychology. The course explores selected topics from a variety of theoretical and empirical models, from behavioral, evolutionary, social/environmental, physiological and cellular/molecular levels of analysis. The ways in which the different methods of analysis inform each other are a focus of the course. Biopsychology faculty.

Prerequisites: Biology151, Biology 152, Psychology 105, and Psychology 241 or 243.

Two 75–minute periods, one 4–hour laboratory.

301. Seminar in Biopsychology (1)

Explorations in the primary literature of topics to be selected annually. Biopsychology faculty.

Prerequisite: by permission of instructor.

399. Senior Independent Work (1/2 or 1)

By permission of the adviser and the instructor who will supervise the work. Library, field, or laboratory projects. The biology and psychology departments.