Brain and Behavioral Sciences

College of Health and Human Sciences

As a major within the Department of Psychological Sciences, Brain and Behavioral Sciences offers an overview of many of the sub-fields of psychological sciences, including: clinical psychology (mental illness and behavioral problems), cognitive psychology (memory, thinking and reasoning), developmental psychology (human growth and aging), industrial/organizational psychology (how people work together), behavioral neuroscience (biological bases of behavior), social psychology (thoughts and behavior in social situations), learning and motivation, statistics and mathematical models of behavior.  The emphasis, however, is on behavioral neuroscience (biological bases of behavior) and other basic science areas of psychological sciences: cognitive psychology (memory, thinking, and reasoning), learning and motivation, statistics and mathematical models of behavior.  Students in this program complete more science, mathematics, or computer science courses than in the psychological sciences major.

Students in Brain and Behavioral Sciences have the opportunity to complete an accelerated 5-year Master of Public Health degree.

Brain and Behavioral Sciences offers excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing graduate and professional school - especially neuroscience, neurology, medical school, physician assistant, orthotics and prosthetics, law school and occupational therapy.

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Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. To be considered for admission as a college transfer student, applicants must meet minimum GPA requirements for their desired major. In addition, some majors have course requirements. Requirements for this major are posted below (unless the program is closed to transfers).

Minimum GPA: 2.5



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Phone: 765-494-8533


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