(Bachelor of Science Degree)
The Psychobiology Major is an integrative and interdisciplinary program of study focusing on the biological bases of behavior, cognition, learning, emotion, sensation, perception, and memory. This major provides an opportunity for students to integrate their studies from a psychological and biological perspective, giving students a unique perspective in the classroom and in careers where skills and knowledge developed from combined studies in both fields will be valuable.
The major will allow students to pursue a variety of post-graduate and professional experiences related to biological sciences, health, medicine, neurobehavioral sciences, neuroscience, and psychology that emphasize the integration of biology and behavior. Other career options available to those with this major include areas in education, public affairs, personnel analysis, and science writing in which courses in psychology, biology, and other sciences are useful.
Total credit hours required for the degree: 128
Students graduating with a degree in Psychobiology will:
- integrate biological and psychological principles to better understand the biological bases of behavior, cognition, learning, emotion, sensation, perception, and memory;
- demonstrate critical thinking skills in the process of scientific inquiry and the development of experimental design in the study of psychobiology;
- be familiar with and use primary literature in the field of biology and psychology;
- be able to analyze and present scientific data using statistical inference and statistical software;
- have skills in oral and scientific presentation of experimental design and data; and
- perform activities that promote and nurture scholarship and skills for life-long learning.
See Core section of this catalog.
Core: 34 - 55 Credit Hours
Major Course Requirements
Foundations of Psychobiology
Research Methods in Psychobiology
Essentials of Psychobiology
(9 cr. -at least 3 cr. in BIO and 6 cr. in PSY)
Major-Related Course Requirements
Total Hours Required in Major: 71-72
The student must complete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum credit hours for this degree and at least 64 of the 128 hours required must be in the liberal arts and sciences.
Honors in Psychobiology:
In order to be considered for Honors in Psychobiology, the following requirements must be satisfied.
- The student must have a GPA of at least 3.4 in all Biology, Psychology, and Psychobiology courses taken at Utica College and an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
- The student must take PSB 450 and present their findings at the Annual Undergraduate Research Conference (or similar venue).
- The Psychology and Biology faculty will evaluate the student’s credentials and then select those who shall receive Honors. The student’s participation in departmental activities will also be considered.
For those students selected, the transcript will read: Bachelor of Science with Honors in Psychobiology.
* Students are required to earn a grade of C or better in BIO 211 before enrolling in any subsequent course with a Biology prefix that is required for the major.
Note: Students who plan on graduate study may need to complete CHE 331 -CHE 332 , PHY 151 -PHY 152 or PHY 261 -PHY 262 , and MAT 201 .