Aug 09, 2022  
2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Behavioral Neuroscience, BS

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

108-119 credits


Behavioral neuroscience explores the role of the nervous system in normal and abnormal behavior, thought, and emotion. This major emphasizes an understanding of nervous system structure and function from the molecular/cellular level to the systems level. For example, behavioral neuroscientists study the neurobiological basis of normal learning and memory, psychiatric illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, and drug abuse and neurological illnesses such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Why Consider a Behavioral Neuroscience Major?

This interdisciplinary field provides students with the specialized preparation and technological sophistication critical for success in a variety of graduate-training programs, including neuroscience, psychology, pharmacology, mental health, and neurobiology; and in health care, including medicine and dentistry. For those students who do not anticipate pursuing post-graduate education, the degree program provides an excellent platform for entry-level positions in such areas as biomedical research and the pharmaceutical industry.

 Contact Information

Program Director
Janet Finlay
Academic Instructional Center 572

Behavioral Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Yuliya Rybalka
Academic Instructional Center 574

Faculty Advisors
Janet Finlay, Jeff Carroll, Jeffrey Grimm, Kelly Jantzen, McNeel Jantzen, Mike Mana, Jacqueline Rose.

 Sample Careers

Neuroscientist | Biomedical Researcher | Psychiatrist | Medical Doctor | Dentist | Pharmacist | Veterinarian | Physician Assistant | Pharmaceutical Sales

 Major/Career Resources

How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Students interested in the BNS major declare a BNS pre-major while they are completing the required prerequisite courses for application to the major. Students meet with the BNS Program Coordinator in AI 572 to declare a BNS pre-major. Admission to the BNS pre-major does not guarantee admission to the BNS major.

Students are eligible to apply to the BNS major once they have completed the following requirements:

  • Complete at least 75 undergraduate credits.
  • Complete the following courses with an average grade point of 2.9 or higher: CHEM 121, CHEM 122, CHEM 123; BIOL 204, BIOL 205, BIOL 206; PSY 101, PSY 220.
  • After completing the above, submit an online application via the BNS Program website at The online application includes a series of essay questions. For assistance with your application, see the BNS Program Coordinator in AI 574. This is a competitive application process. Admission to the BS-BNS major is space-limited.

Application deadlines: Students can declare a BNS pre-major at any time. The application deadline for consideration of BNS major status is the end of the 2nd full week of classes fall, winter and spring quarters.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major courses.


Basic Requirements

Seminar Requirements (3-5 credits)

Electives Under Advisement (10 credits)

Additional Information

A maximum combined total of 3 credits in PSY 300, 400 or BIOL 395, 494, 495 can be applied to the major.

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: College of Humanities and Social Sciences