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).

Degree and Major Requirements

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.

Graduation Skills

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 advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill these skills.

Other Requirements

An average grade of 2.0, with no grade below a 1.0 is required for BIO 151 and 152. A grade of 2.0 or above is required for all courses (200 level and above) 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.

Biopsychology Honors

GPA of 3.5 in the major, and 3.3 overall. Students must complete a high-quality research project, approved and evaluated by three members of the Biopsychology faculty. Formal application must be made no later than the junior year.

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