Biopsychology Major

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.

Biopsychology Faculty

Matthew Beckman (Biology), Ralph Butkowski (Biology), David Crowe (Biology), Stacy Freiheit (Psychology), David Matz (Psychology), Dale Pederson (Biology), Bridget Robinson-Riegler (Psychology), Nancy Steblay (Psychology), Henry Yoon (Psychology).


13 Courses

Psychology Courses:

PSY 105 Principles of Psychology

PSY 215 Research Methods and Statistics I

PSY 315 Research Methods and Statistics II

PSY 355 Biopsychology

Biology Courses:

BIO 151 Introductory Biology

BIO 152 Ecology, Evolution and Diversity

BIO 253 Introductory Cell Biology

BIO 495 Neurobiology

Psychology Electives (two required):

PSY 299 Directed Study (Research in Biopsychology)

or PSY 360 Psychology Lab (two semesters)

PSY 354 Cognitive Psychology

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)

Biology Electives (two required):

BIO 355 Genetics

BIO 369 Biochemistry

BIO 471 Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology

BIO 473 Animal Physiology

Biol 356 Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (Macalester)

Keystone (one required):

BIO 490 Biology Keystone

PSY 400 Keystone Internship

SCI 490 Integrated Science

Note: Students will need to take the CHM 105/106 or 115/116 sequence to complete the biology courses. A minimum of five courses must be from Augsburg.

Graduation skills in Critical Thinking (CT), Quantitative Reasoning (QR) and Writing (W) are embedded throughout the offered courses and are met by completing the major. The graduation skill in speaking (S) is met by completing COM 111 or 115. Transfer students must consult an adviser about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill these skills. A grade of 2.0 or above is required for all upper division courses applied to the major.

Transfer course policy for majors

All transfer courses, including ACTC courses, must be approved in writing by the department chair(s). Only those biology and psychology courses successfully completed (2.0 or above) within the last 10 years will be considered. In general, courses that meet the transfer guidelines may only be applied to introductory or elective credit for the major.