Brain and Behavioral Sciences
As a major within the Department of Psychological Sciences, behavioral neuroscience (the application of the principles of biology to the study of physiological, genetic, and developmental mechanisms of behavior in humans and animals) serves as the foundation for this program. 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), social psychology (thoughts and behavior in social situations), learning and motivation, statistics and mathematical models of behavior. Students in this program have an opportunity to participate in a research-focused honors program, complete an internship for credit in PSY 49200, and study abroad in multiple countries. Students may also join the Psychological Sciences Learning Community during their first year on campus to become involved with faculty and learn about animal behavior by visiting Wolf Park, study fear while attending a Haunted House, tour faculty research labs, and much more.
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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Careers in Brain and Behavioral Sciences
- Advertising, marketing, and public relations
- Child care and gerontology
- College administration
- Criminal justice
- Graduate or professional school
- Human resources
- Human services and health care
- Management and sales
- Medical school
- Psychological counseling
Transfer to Brain and Behavioral Sciences
Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Contact InformationHHS Undergraduate Student Services