Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology

The biopsychology major is designed to offer students an integrative perspective on the biological basis of behavior. Towards this end, students will take courses in both psychology and biology to gain exposure to a broad range of theories and research covering a variety of topics such as cognition, motor control, sensation/perception, emotion, and psychopathology. These topics will be studied at multiple levels of analysis including genetic, neural, and environmental.

The biopsychology major will provide students with a strong foundation of courses in neuroscience, statistics, and chemistry. This broad training can help prepare students for careers in research, medicine, public health, education, and pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries.

Major

Thirteen Courses:

  • BIO 151 – Introductory Biology
  • BIO 152 – Ecology, Evolution and Diversity
  • BIO 253 – Introductory Cellular Biology
  • BIO 475 – Neurobiology
  • PSY 105 – Principles of Psychology
  • PSY 215 – Research Methods and Statistics I
  • PSY 315 – Research Methods and Statistics II
  • PSY 355 – Biopsychology
  • Two Psychology electives from the following:
    • PSY 299 – Directed Study (Research in Biopsychology)
      • or PSY 360 – Psychology Laboratory (two semesters)
    • PSY 354 – Cognitive Psychology
    • PSY 391 – Individual Differences
    • PSY 410 – Clinical Neuropsychology
    • PSY 491 – Advanced Research Seminar
    • PSYC 322 – Sensation and Perception (St. Thomas)
    • PSYC 407 – Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience (St. Thomas)
    • PSYC 378 – Psychology of Language (Macalester)
    • PYSC 486 – Seminar in Neuropharmacology (Macalester)
  • Two Biology electives from the following:
    • BIO 255 – Genetics
    • BIO 369 – Biochemistry
    • BIO 471 – Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology
    • BIO 473 – Animal Physiology
    • BIO 495 – Special Topics in Biology: Animal Behavior (this topic only)
    • BIOL 356 – Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (Macalester)
    • PHY 317 – Biophysics
  • Keystone (one required):
    • BIO 490 – Biology Keystone
    • PSY 400 – Keystone Internship
    • SCI 490 – Integrated Science

Note: Students will need to take the CHM 115/116 sequence to complete the biology courses. A minimum of five courses must be from Augsburg.