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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  • Child care and gerontology
  • College administration
  • Criminal justice
  • Government
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  • Human resources
  • Human services and health care
  • Management and sales
  • Medical school
  • Psychological counseling
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  • Research
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