Jul 14, 2024  
Undergraduate Record 2024-2025 
Undergraduate Record 2024-2025

Behavioral Neuroscience, B.S.

Universal Curriculum Requirements

To be awarded a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, students are required to complete universal curriculum requirements in addition to the program requirements provided below. The school universal curriculum requirements can be found on the school Degree Programs page .

Grade Standards

  • A grade of C or better is required in all majors courses.
  • All courses used to meet the requirements must be letter-graded. Courses taken on a Credit/No Credit or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis do not count toward the major.
  • A 2.000 cumulative GPA in all major courses is required to complete the major.
  • Students who have less than a 2.0 GPA in all major coursework at the end of a semester will be put on probationary status in the major.
  • Students with two consecutive semesters with a major GPA below 2.0 will not be permitted to continue in the major.

Transfer Courses

  • Up to 12 credits of transfer coursework may be used toward the major requirements.

Requirements for Major in Behavioral Neuroscience

Advanced Research Requirement: 3 credit hours

Students are required to take 3 credit hours of coursework in advanced research from the following:

Advanced Topics Requirements: 6 credit hours

Students are required to take two courses (6 credit hours) in advanced topics in behavioral neuroscience from the following: 

Psychological Science Foundations Requirement: 3 credit hours

Students are required to take an additional 3 credit hours of coursework in psychological science from the following:

Science Foundation Requirement: 6 credit hours

Students are required to complete two graded courses (6 credit hours) of foundational scientific coursework at the level of the following courses or higher. The two courses may come from the same department.

Electives: 6 credit hours

Students must complete two of the following courses. Student’s who did not take a 4000-level Advanced Topics course must select at least one 4000-level elective. 

Distinguished Majors Program: 6 credit hours

Students in the Distinguished Majors Program are required to complete each of the following courses. 

Description of Thesis

Students enrolled in the Distinguished Majors Program will be required to complete a thesis paper based on two semesters of empirical or theoretical research. Honors students will prepare a thesis paper of approximately 25 pages. The thesis or research project will require students to demonstrate a high level of independent research and analysis. Throughout their fourth year, each Honors student will work closely with a chosen Psychology faculty advisor to sharpen the student’s guiding research question; construct and adhere to a timeline to completion; compile/synthesize research literature; and receive regular feedback on drafts of the thesis. Upon completion of the thesis/project, the faculty advisor will assign the work one of the following awards: Highest Distinction, High Distinction, Distinction. A student who does not earn an award will graduate without distinction.