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B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience

What could be more fascinating than matters of the mind? Focus your studies on the biology behind it. Examine brain circuitry and how it affects our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions. This program prepares you to enter biomedical research, pharmacy, and other vital aspects of medicine.

What you'll study
The anatomy of the brain is endlessly enthralling, and you'll investigate its connection to memory, sleep, perception, balance, and mental illness. After covering many of these fields, a demanding Senior Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience ties together the major's multidisciplinary nature.

How you'll learn more
Our professors are experts in the related fields of biology, psychology, and chemistry. You’ll have the chance to study and work alongside them—and the college’s graduate students—in our labs and clinics. Your joint research could be presented at national conferences.

Where it can take you
As a graduate of this program, you're ready for advanced study of psychology, pharmacology, medicine, and neurobiology. With many choices ahead of you, career options include physician, researcher, cognitive or behavioral psychologist, audiologist, and speech or physical therapist.

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The behavioral neuroscience major focuses on the biological basis of behavior by exploring the role of the nervous system in normal and abnormal behavior, thought, and emotion. It uses a multidisciplinary approach to study the organization and function of the nervous system, from the molecular to the behavioral level, in such areas as development, sensation and perception, cognition, learning and memory, movement, sleep, stress, aging, and neurological and psychological disorders. The major provides students with a program of study that prepares them to pursue entry-level positions in such areas as biomedical research and the pharmaceutical industry or graduate education in such disciplines as neuroscience, psychology, pharmacology, medicine, and neurobiology.

Learning Outcomes

A successful behavioral neuroscience graduate is expected to:

  1. Demonstrate a foundation of knowledge in behavioral neuroscience;
  2. Demonstrate the ability to independently develop a research proposal and evaluate the application and limitations of various methodologies;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate research findings from the field of behavioral neuroscience.

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (57 credits)

Required Courses (45 credits)

  • BIOL 1500 - Biology I/Lab (4 credits)
  • BIOL 4340 - Cellular and Molecular Biology (3 credits)
  • CHEM 1300 - General Chemistry I/Lab (4 credits) OR CHEM 1300H - General Chemistry I/Lab Honors (4 credits)
  • CHEM 1310 - General Chemistry II/Lab (4 credits) OR CHEM 1310H - General Chemistry II/Lab Honors (4 credits)
  • MATH 2100 - Calculus I (4 credits) OR MATH 2100H Calculus I Honors (4 credits)
  • NEUR 2500 - Introduction to Neuroscience/Lab (4 credits)
  • NEUR 2600 - Introduction to Neuroanatomy (3 credits)
  • NEUR 2700 - Research Methods and Data Analysis in Behavioral Neuroscience/Lab (4 credits)
  • NEUR 3000 - Behavioral Genetics (3 credits)
  • NEUR 4880 - Senior Seminar in Behavioral Neuroscience (3 credits)
  • PSYC 1020 - Introduction to Psychology (3 credits) OR PYSC 1020H Introduction to Psychology Honors (3 credits)

Select 6 credits from the following courses:

  • NEUR 3100 - Developmental Neuroscience (3 credits)
  • NEUR 3200 - Drugs and the Brain (3 credits)
  • NEUR 4100 - Neurobiology of Disease (3 credits)
  • NEUR 4990 - Independent Study in Neuroscience (3 credits)

Major Electives (12 credits)

Select 12 credits from the following courses:

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the 2014-2015 edition of the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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The behavioral neuroscience minor is intended to offer students in-depth training in brain-behavior relations and biological aspects of psychology. Behavioral neuroscience explores new discoveries and insights in dynamic areas such as the neurological origins of consciousness, emotion, and psychopathology. This minor is especially helpful for psychology students preparing for graduate school and for students planning to enter the medical fields who have an interest in brain-behavior relationships. This minor can be combined with any major and minor except the - behavioral neuroscience major. A minimum of 9 credits must be exclusive to the minor and cannot be counted toward any other majors/minors/certificate programs.

BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE MINOR REQUIREMENTS (17 credits)

  • NEUR 2500 - Introduction to Neuroscience (4 credits)
  • NEUR 2600 - Introduction to Neuroanatomy (3 credits)
  • NEUR 2700 - Research Methods and Data Analysis in Behavioral Neuroscience (4 credits)
  • NEUR 3000 - Behavioral Genetics (3 credits)

Select 3 credits from the following courses:

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the 2014-2015 edition of the - NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

Are you planning to pursue a master's or doctoral degree in a related field of study? Consider NSU's Dual Admission Program, which enables qualified undergraduates at the College of Health Care Sciences to secure early acceptance into one of the university's competitive graduate and professional degree programs.

See the entire program at a glance. The four-year plan of study will assist you in planning your future at NSU. It presents an overall idea of the order in which courses might be taken in a four-year plan during a student's college career.

4-Year Plan of Study