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 begin with pre-psychological sciences major status and after successfully completing four required psychological sciences courses with a GPA of at least 2.5, may proceed to the upper-level courses.

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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

Additional Requirements: One semester of college-level algebra with a grade of C or higher and one semester of psychology (equivalent to PSY 12000) with grade of B or higher (Select Psychological Sciences on the undergrad application).


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