Major: Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN)


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Curriculum +

The curriculum in psychology is intended to enhance one's understanding of behavioral science and of oneself and others in terms of concepts developed by study. The undergraduate concentration program is not intended to prepare students for any specific vocational objective; to become a professional psychologist requires from two to four years (or more) of graduate study.

Curriculum Guides. Curriculum Guides are available for both Psychology and Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience concentrators. Clusters are groupings of courses (both within the Department of Psychology and throughout other programs at the University of Michigan) that focus on a more specific area related to psychology. Students are encouraged to refer to these clusters when making academic and career goals.

The following clusters are currently available:

  • Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Business, Systems, and Organizations
  • Culture, Context, and Communities
  • Development, Psychopathology, and Mental Health
  • Evolution, Biology, and Behavior
  • Gender, Psychology, and Society
  • Health, Development, and Aging
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Language, Thought, and Culture
  • Law, Criminal Justice, and Forensics

 

Prerequisites to Concentration +

Prerequisites to Concentration. Before declaring a concentration in Psychology or Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science, students must complete:

  • an introductory course (PSYCH 111, 112, or 114) with a minimum letter grade of "C";
  • two gateway courses (PSYCH 230, 240, 250, 260, 270, 280, 290) from different breadth groups; and
  • STATS 250 (or 350).

 

The overall goal of Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience concentration is to provide a course of study that integrates the natural science components of the study of behavior and prepares students for graduate study in a number of related fields. The program integrates neuroscience, cognitive science, and evolutionary approaches to the study of behavior. This concentration is particularly appropriate for students interested in graduate study of human cognition, biopsychology, behavioral neuroscience, comparative animal behavior, and evolutionary psychology. A variety of research course options are available to provide the research training needed for post-graduate study. A variety of other career opportunities are also available when additional appropriate courses are chosen from other departments.

Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) Major

Effective Date of Major changes Winter 2012 (renamed Fall 2012)

May be elected as a departmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience may not elect the Neuroscience or Psychology majors.

A minimum of 24 credits is required for the major. Of the overall 40 credits (prerequisites and courses for the major), 24 must be completed directly through the University of Michigan's Department of Psychology at the Ann Arbor campus. Of these 24 credits, 12 credits must be upper-division (300 or above). 100-level courses may not be used to meet the requirements for the major or the credit requirement. Although some courses that are graded credit/no credit may be used to meet the lab requirement, 24 credits must be letter graded.

1. Gateway requirement: At least one course from each of the groups below. Only one course from each group may be used toward either the prerequisite or major credits.


Group Course
Biopsychology Group PSYCH 230 or 335
Cognitive Group PSYCH 240, 245, or 345
Social Science Group PSYCH 250, 260, 270, 280, or 290


2. Lab requirement: Students must elect two different courses for a minimum of five credits total. To meet the lab requirement, students may complete either:

  • two (at least 2 credits each) courses from the list of Methods-based Lab courses
  • one (at least 2 credits) course from the list of Methods-based Lab courses and one (at least 2 credits) course from the list of Research Lab courses
    or
  • the Psychology Honors Research sequence (6 credits total) and one course (at least 2 credits) from the list of Methods-based Lab courses

Methods-Based Lab Courses:

  • PSYCH  303, 331/332, 341, 342
  • BIOLOGY 226
  • EEB 381 or 493
  • MCDB 306, 308, or 423

*Note: Only one non-departmental course may be elected to satisfy the lab requirement. Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term.

Research Lab Courses (2 credits minimum to satisfy requirement):

  • Research-based Lab Courses: PSYCH 322, 326, 422, 428
  • Honors Research Sequence: PSYCH 424 and 426.

Note: Credit/No-credit courses may be used toward the Lab requirement, but will not count toward the total number of psychology credits required for major. Students wishing to pursue the Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science Honors Research program should acquire research and statistical skills early in their major before applying.

3. Four additional courses, for a minimum of 12 credits selected from the following: PSYCH 230, 240, 245, 335, 338, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 400, 413, 420,  433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 442, 445, 447, 448, 449, 530, 531, 532, 533, 541.

4. Additional credits. In order to meet the minimum requirement of 24 credits, students may elect additional courses from the advanced courses in biopsychology and cognitive psychology, approved lab courses, or cognate courses.

5. Cognate course requirement. One course selected from the following list:

  • ANTHRBIO 467, 478
  • BIOLCHEM 415
  • BIOLOGY 208, 222, 225, 305, 390
  • CHEM 351
  • EEB 381, 440, 442, 450, 451, 481, 492
  • EECS 281, 492
  • LING 315, 514
  • MCDB 307, 310 (or 311 or 412), 418, 422
  • PHIL 340, 345, 450, 482
  • STATS 401, 406

Honors Programs in Psychology

Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences major (Winter 2012-Summer 2012) +

Effective Date of Major: Winter 2012-Summer 2012 

May be elected as a departmental major

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences may not elect the Neuroscience or Psychology majors.

A minimum of 24 credits is required for the major. Of the overall 40 credits (prerequisites and courses for the major), 24 must be completed directly through the University of Michigan's Department of Psychology at the Ann Arbor campus. Of these 24 credits, 12 credits must be upper-division (300 or above). 100-level courses may not be used to meet the requirements for the major or the credit requirement. Although some courses that are graded credit/no credit may be used to meet the lab requirement, 24 credits must be letter graded.

1. Gateway requirement:
At least one course from each of the groups below. Only one course from each group may be used toward either the prerequisite or major credits.

Group Course
Biopsychology Group PSYCH 230 or 335
Cognitive Group PSYCH 240 or 345
Social Science Group PSYCH 250, 260, 270, 280, or 290

 

2. Lab requirement. Students must elect two different courses for a minimum of five credits total. To meet the lab requirement, students may complete either:

  • two (at least 2 credits each) courses from the list of Methods-based Lab courses
  • one (at least 2 credits) course from the list of Methods-based Lab courses and one (at least 2 credits) course from the list of Research Lab courses
    or
  • the Psychology Honors Research sequence (6 credits total) and one course (at least 2 credits) from the list of Methods-based Lab courses.

    Methods-Based Lab Courses:
  • PSYCH  303, 331/332, 341, 342
  • BIOLOGY 226
  • EEB 381 or 493
  • MCDB 306, 308, or 423

*Note: Only one non-departmental course may be elected to satisfy the lab requirement. Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term.

Research Lab Courses (2 credits minimum to satisfy requirement):

  • Research-based Lab Courses: PSYCH 322, 326, 422, 428
  • Honors Research Sequence: PSYCH 424 and 426.

Note: Credit/No-credit courses may be used toward the Lab requirement, but will not count toward the total number of psychology credits required for major. Students wishing to pursue the Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science Honors Research program should acquire research and statistical skills early in their major before applying.

3. Four additional courses, for a minimum of 12 credits selected from the following: PSYCH 230, 240, 245, 335, 338, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 400, 413, 420,  433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 442, 445, 447, 448, 449, 530, 531, 532, 533, 541.

4. Additional credits. In order to meet the minimum requirement of 24 credits, students may elect additional courses from the advanced courses in biopsychology and cognitive psychology, approved lab courses, or cognate courses.

5. Cognate course requirement. One course selected from the following list:

  • ANTHRBIO 467, 478
  • BIOLCHEM 415
  • BIOLOGY 208, 222, 225, 305, 390
  • CHEM 351
  • EEB 381, 440, 442, 444, 450, 451, 481, 492
  • EECS 281, 492
  • LING 315, 514
  • MCDB 307, 310 (or 311 or 412), 418, 422
  • PHIL 345, 450, 482
  • STATS 401, 406

Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences concentration (Fall 2011) +

Effective Date of Concentration: Fall 2011   

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Exclusions: Students who elect a concentration in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences may not elect the Neuroscience or Psychology concentrations.

A minimum of 24 credits is required for the concentration. Of the overall 40 credits (prerequisites and concentration courses), 24 must be completed directly through the University of Michigan's Department of Psychology at the Ann Arbor campus. Of these 24 credits, 12 credits must be upper-division (300 or above). 100-level courses may not be used to meet the concentration requirements or the credit requirement. Although some courses that are graded credit/no credit may be used to meet the lab requirement, 24 credits must be letter graded.

  1. Gateway requirement:

    At least one course from each of the groups below. Only one course from each group may be used toward either the prerequisite or concentration credits.

    Group

    Course

    Biopsychology Group

    PSYCH 230 or 335

    Cognitive Group

    PSYCH 240 or 345

    Social Science Group

    PSYCH 250, 260, 270, 280, or 290

  2. Lab requirement. Students must elect two different courses for a minimum of five credits total. To meet the lab requirement, students may complete either:
    • two (at least 2 credits each) courses from the list of Methods-based Lab courses;
    • one (at least 2 credits) course from the list of Methods-based Lab courses and one (at least 2 credits) course from the list of Research Lab courses; or
    • the Psychology Honors Research sequence (6 credits total) and one course (at least 2 credits) from the list of Methods-based Lab courses.

    Methods-Based Lab Courses:

    • PSYCH  303, 331/332, 341, 342.
    • BIOLOGY 226
    • EEB 381 or 493
    • MCDB 306, 308, or 423

    *Note: Only one non-departmental course may be elected to satisfy the lab requirement. Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term.

    Research Lab Courses (2 credits minimum to satisfy requirement):

    Research-based Lab Courses: PSYCH 322, 326, 422, 428

    Honors Research Sequence: PSYCH 424 and 426.

    Note: Credit/No-credit courses may be used toward the Lab requirement, but will not count toward the total number of psychology credits required for concentration. Students wishing to pursue the Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science Honors Research program should acquire research and statistical skills early in their concentration before applying.

  3. Four additional courses, for a minimum of 12 credits selected from the following: PSYCH 230, 240, 335, 338, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 400, 413, 420,  433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 442, 445, 447, 448, 449, 530, 531, 532, 533, 541.
  4. Additional credits. In order to meet the minimum requirement of 24 credits, students may elect additional courses from the advanced courses in biopsychology and cognitive psychology, approved lab courses, or cognate courses.
  5. Cognate course requirement. One course selected from the following list:

    • ANTHRBIO 467, 478
    • BIOLCHEM 415
    • BIOLOGY 208, 222, 225, 305, 390
    • CHEM 351
    • EEB 381, 440, 442, 444, 450, 451, 481, 492
    • EECS 281, 492
    • LING 315, 514
    • MCDB 307, 310 (or 311 or 412), 418, 422
    • PHIL 345, 450, 482
    • STATS 401, 406

 

Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences concentration (Fall 2010-Summer 2011) +

Effective Date of Concentration: Fall 2010-Summer 2011  

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Exclusions: Students who elect a concentration in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences may not elect the Neuroscience or Psychology concentrations.

A minimum of 24 credits is required for the concentration. Of the overall 40 credits (prerequisites and concentration courses), 24 must be completed directly through the University of Michigan's Department of Psychology at the Ann Arbor campus. Of these 24 credits, 12 credits must be upper-division (300 or above). 100-level courses may not be used to meet the concentration requirements or the credit requirement. Although some courses that are graded credit/no credit may be used to meet the lab requirement, 24 credits must be letter graded.

  1. Gateway requirement:

    At least one course from each of the groups below. Only one course from each group may be used toward either the prerequisite or concentration credits.

    Group

    Course

    Biopsychology Group

    PSYCH 230 or 335

    Cognitive Group

    PSYCH 240 or 345

    Social Science Group

    PSYCH 250, 260, 270, 280, or 290

  2. Lab requirement. Students must elect two different courses for a minimum of five credits total. To meet the lab requirement, students may complete either:
    • two (at least 2 credits each) courses from the list of Methods-based Lab courses;
    • one (at least 2 credits) course from the list of Methods-based Lab courses and one (at least 2 credits) course from the list of Research Lab courses; or
    • the Psychology Honors Research sequence (6 credits total) and one course (at least 2 credits) from the list of Methods-based Lab courses.

    Methods-Based Lab Courses:

    • PSYCH 231, 303, 331/332, 341, 342.
    • BIOLOGY 226
    • EEB 381 or 493
    • MCDB 306, 308, or 423

    *Note: Only one non-departmental course may be elected to satisfy the lab requirement. Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term.

    Research Lab Courses (2 credits minimum to satisfy requirement):

    Research-based Lab Courses: PSYCH 322, 326, 422, 428

    Honors Research Sequence: PSYCH 424 and 426.

    Note: Credit/No-credit courses may be used toward the Lab requirement, but will not count toward the total number of psychology credits required for concentration. Students wishing to pursue the Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science Honors Research program should acquire research and statistical skills early in their concentration before applying.

  3. Four additional courses, for a minimum of 12 credits selected from the following: PSYCH 230, 240, 335, 338, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 400, 413, 420, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 442, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 530, 531, 532, 533, 541.
  4. Additional credits. In order to meet the minimum requirement of 24 credits, students may elect additional courses from the advanced courses in biopsychology and cognitive psychology, approved lab courses, or cognate courses.
  5. Cognate course requirement. One course selected from the following list:

    • ANTHRBIO 467, 478
    • BIOLCHEM 415
    • BIOLOGY 208, 222, 225, 305, 390
    • CHEM 351
    • EEB 381, 440, 442, 444, 450, 451, 481, 492
    • EECS 281, 492
    • LING 315, 514
    • MCDB 307, 310 (or 311 or 412), 418, 422
    • PHIL 345, 450, 482
    • STATS 401, 406

 

Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences concentration (Fall 2009-Summer 2010) +

 

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Effective Date of Concentration: Fall 2009 through Summer 2010  

Exclusions: Students who elect a concentration in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences may not elect the Neuroscience or Psychology concentrations.

 

Prerequisites to Concentration. Before declaring a concentration in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science, students must complete:

  • an introductory course (PSYCH 111, 112, or 114) with a minimum letter grade of "C";
  • two gateway courses (PSYCH 230, 240, 250, 260, 270, 280, 290) from different gateway groups;
  • STATS 250 (or 350);
  • attend a Concentration Orientation.

Concentration Program. A minimum of 24 credits is required for the concentration. Of the overall 40 credits (prerequisites and concentration courses), 24 must be completed directly through the University of Michigan's Department of Psychology at the Ann Arbor campus. Of these 24 credits, 12 credits must be upper-division (300 or above). 100-level courses may not be used to meet the concentration requirements or the credit requirement. Although some courses that are graded credit/no credit may be used to meet the lab requirement, 24 credits must be letter graded.

1.    Gateway Requirement: At least one course from each of the groups below. Only one course from each group may be used toward either the prerequisite or concentration credits.

Group Course
Group I. PSYCH 230 or 335.
Group II. PSYCH 240 or 345.
Group III. PSYCH 250, 260, 270, 280, or 290.

2.  Lab Requirement: Students must elect two different courses for a minimum of five credits total.  To meet the lab requirement, students may complete either:

a.      two (at least 2 credits each) courses from the list of Methods-based Lab courses;

b.      one (at least 2 credits) course from the list of Methods-based Lab courses and one (at least 2 credits) course from the list of Research Lab courses; or

c.       the Psychology Honors Research sequence (6 credits total) and one course (at least 2 credits) from the list of Methods-based Lab courses.

Methods-Based Lab Courses:

PSYCH 231, 303, 331/332, 341, 342.

Biology 226

EEB 381 or 493

MCDB 306, 308, or 423

*Note: Only one non-departmental course may be elected to satisfy the lab requirement.  Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term.

Research Lab Courses (2 credits minimum to satisfy requirement):

  • Research-based Lab Courses: PSYCH 322, 326, 422;
  • Honors Research Sequence: PSYCH 424 and 426.

Note: Credit/No-credit courses may be used toward the Lab requirement, but will not count toward the total number of psychology credits required for concentration.  Students wishing to pursue the Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science Honors Research program should acquire research and statistical skills early in their concentration before applying.

 

2.     Four additional courses, for a minimum of 12 credits selected from the following: PSYCH 230, 240, 335, 338, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 400, 420, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 530, 531, 532, 533, 541.

3.    Additional credits.  In order to meet the minimum requirement of 24 credits, students may elect additional courses from the advanced courses in biopsychology and cognitive psychology, approved lab courses, or cognate courses.

4.    Cognate course requirement.One course selected from the following list:

a.      ANTHRBIO 467, 478

b.      BIOLCHEM 415

c.       BIOLOGY 208, 222, 225, 305, 390

d.      EEB 381, 440, 442, 444, 450, 451, 481, 492

e.      EECS 281, 492

f.       LING 315, 514

g.      MCDB 307, 310 (or 311 or 412), 418, 422

h.      PHIL 345, 450, 482

i.       STATS 401, 406

Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences concentration (Fall 2008-Summer 2009) +

Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

Effective Date of Concentration: Fall 2008 through Summer 2009 

Exclusions: Students who elect a concentration in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences may not elect the Neuroscience concentration.

A minimum of 24 credits is required for the concentration. Of these 24 credits, 20 must be completed directly through the University of Michigan's Department of Psychology at the Ann Arbor campus. Of these 20 credits, four of the courses must be upper-division (300 or above). 100-level courses may not be used to meet the concentration requirements or the credit requirement. Although some courses that are graded credit/no credit may be used to meet the lab requirement, 24 credits must be letter graded.

  1. If the either the Biopsychology or Cognitive Psychology requirement is not fulfilled as a prerequisite to the concentration, it should be completed as a concentration requirement.
    • Biopsychology: PSYCH 230 or 335.
    • Cognitive Psychology: PSYCH 240 or 345.
  2. Four additional courses, for a minimum of 12 credits selected from the following: PSYCH 230, 232, 240, 335, 338, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 400, 420, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 530, 531, 532, 533, 541. Other courses may be substituted with permission from a concentration advisor.
  3. Lab requirement. At least two different courses for a minimum of five credits total from the following courses: PSYCH 231, 302, 322, 326, 331/332, 341, 342, 422, 424, 426, BIOLOGY 226, EEB 381, MCDB 306 or 308 or 423.
  4. Note: Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term. Only one non-departmental course may be elected to satisfy the lab requirement.

  5. If not completed as a concentration prerequisite, one course selected from the following: PSYCH 250, 260, 270, 280, 290. With the approval of the concentration advisor, a social science psychology course that is not on the above list may be substituted.
  6. Additional credits.  In order to meet the minimum requirement of 24 credits, students may elect additional courses from the advanced courses in biopsychology and cognitive psychology, approved lab courses, or cognate courses.
  7. Cognate course requirement. One course selected from the following list (or an approved substitute):
    • ANTHRBIO 467, 568
    • BIOLCHEM 415
    • BIOLOGY 208, 222, 225, 305
    • EEB 381, 390, 433, 440, 442, 444, 450, 451, 481, 492, 541
    • EECS 281, 492
    • LING 315, 514, 555
    • MCDB 307, 310 (or 311 or 412), 418, 422
    • PHIL 345, 450, 482
    • STATS 401, 406

Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences concentration (Fall 2007 through Summer 2008) +

Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences

Effective Date of concentration: Fall 2007 through Summer 2008 

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

A minimum of 34 credits is required for the concentration. Of these 34 credits, 20 must be completed directly through the University of Michigan's Department of Psychology at the Ann Arbor campus. Of these 20 credits, four of the courses must be upper-division (300 or above). 100-level courses may not be used to meet the concentration requirements or the credit requirement. Although some courses that are graded credit/no credit may be used to meet the lab requirement, 34 credits must be letter graded.

 

  1. Core course requirement. Two courses, one from each group:

    • Biopsychology: PSYCH 230 or 335.
    • Cognitive Psychology: PSYCH 240 or 345.

  2. Advanced courses in biopsychology and cognitive psychology requirement. Four additional courses, for a minimum of 12 credits selected from the following: PSYCH 230, 232, 240, 335, 338, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 400, 420, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 530, 531, 532, 533, 541. Other courses may be substituted with permission from a concentration advisor.

  3. Lab requirement. At least two different courses for a minimum of five credits total from the following courses: PSYCH 231, 302, 322, 326, 331, 341, 342, 422, 424, 426, BIOLOGY 226, EEB 381, MCDB 306 or 308 or 423. Note: Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term. Only one non-departmental course may be elected to satisfy the lab requirement.

  4. Psychology as a social science requirement. One course selected from the following: PSYCH 250, 260, 270, 280, 290. With the approval of the concentration advisor, a social science psychology course that is not on the above list may be substituted.

  5. Statistics. STATS 350 is recommended, but STATS 425 and 426 may be substituted by students interested in a stronger mathematical foundation. Other courses, as appropriate, may be substituted with approval of a concentration advisor.

  6. Cognate course requirement. One course selected from the following list (or an approved substitute):

    • ANTHRBIO 467, 568
    • BIOCHEM 415
    • BIOLOGY 208, 222, 225, 305, 310 (or 311 or 412), 390
    • EEB 381, 433, 440, 442, 444, 450, 451, 481, 492, 541
    • EECS 281, 492
    • LING 315, 514, 555
    • MCDB 307, 418, 422
    • PHIL 345, 450, 482
    • STATS 401, 406

Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences concentration (Fall 2004-Summer 2007) +

 

Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences

Effective Date of concentration: Fall 2004 through Summer 2007

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

A minimum of 34 credits is required for the concentration. Of these 34 credits, 20 must be completed directly through the University of Michigan's Department of Psychology at the Ann Arbor campus. Of these 20 credits, four of the courses must be upper-division (300 or above). 100-level courses may not be used to meet the concentration requirements or the credit requirement. Although some courses that are graded credit/no credit may be used to meet the lab requirement, 34 credits must be letter graded.

 

  1. Core course requirement. Two courses, one from each group:

    • Biopsychology: PSYCH 230 or 335.
    • Cognitive Psychology: PSYCH 240 or 345.

  2. Advanced courses in biopsychology and cognitive psychology requirement. Four additional courses, for a minimum of 12 credits selected from the following: PSYCH 230, 232, 240, 335, 338, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 400, 420, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 530, 531, 532, 533, 541. Other courses may be substituted with permission from a concentration advisor.

  3. Lab requirement. At least two different courses for a minimum of five credits total from the following courses: PSYCH 231, 302, 322, 331, 341, 342, 422, 424, 426, BIOLOGY 226, EEB 381, MCDB 306 or 308 or 423. Note: Each course must be taken for a minimum of two credits each and be completed in a single academic term. Only one non-departmental course may be elected to satisfy the lab requirement.

  4. Psychology as a social science requirement. One course selected from the following: PSYCH 250, 260, 270, 280, 290. With the approval of the concentration advisor, a social science psychology course that is not on the above list may be substituted.

  5. Statistics. STATS 350 is recommended, but STATS 425 and 426 may be substituted by students interested in a stronger mathematical foundation. Other courses, as appropriate, may be substituted with approval of a concentration advisor.

  6. Cognate course requirement. One course selected from the following list (or an approved substitute):

    • ANTHRBIO 467, 568
    • BIOCHEM 415
    • BIOLOGY 208, 222, 225, 305, 310 (or 311 or 412), 390
    • EEB 381, 433, 440, 442, 444, 450, 451, 481, 492, 541
    • EECS 281, 492
    • LING 315, 514, 555
    • MCDB 307, 418, 422
    • PHIL 345, 450, 482
    • STATS 401, 406

Biopsychology and Cognitive Science concentration (Spring Term, 2001 through Fall 2004) +

effective date of concentration: Spring Term, 2001 through Fall 2004 

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

After introductory psychology (PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115), students must complete a minimum of 34 credits in post-introductory courses, including the required psychology courses and cognate courses listed below.

  1. Core course requirement. Two courses, one from each group:

    • Biopsychology: PSYCH 230 or 335.
    • Cognitive Psychology: PSYCH 240 or 345.

  2. Advanced courses in biopsychology and cognitive psychology requirement. Four additional upper-level courses selected from the following: PSYCH 230, 232, 240, 335, 338, 345, 346, 347, 348, 400, 420, 431, 432, 433, 436, 437, 439, 445, 446, 447, 448, 449, 530, 531, 532, 533, 541. Other courses may be substituted with permission from a concentration advisor.

  3. Lab requirement. At least two courses from the following: PSYCH 231, 302, 322, 331, 341, 342, 422, 424, 426, BIOLOGY 226, EEB 493, MCDB 306 or 308 or 429. Note: Only one non-departmental course may be elected to satisfy the lab requirement. An independent research course must be deemed by a concentration advisor as both natural science and research prior to registration.

  4. Psychology as a social science requirement. One course selected from the following: PSYCH 250, 260, 270, 280, 290. With the approval of the concentration advisor, a social science psychology course that is not on the above list may be substituted.

  5. Statistics. STATS 350 is recommended, but STATS 425 and 426 may be substituted by students interested in a stronger mathematical foundation.

  6. Cognate course requirement. One course selected from the following list (or an approved substitute):

    • ANTHRBIO 467, 568
    • BIOCHEM 415
    • BIOLOGY 208, 222, 225, 305, 310 (or 311 or 412), 390
    • EEB 381, 433, 440, 442, 450, 451, 478, 481, 492, 541
    • EECS 281, 492
    • LING 315, 514, 555
    • MCDB 307, 418, 422, 425, 534
    • PHIL 345, 450, 482
    • STATS 403, 406

Biopsychology and Cognitive Science (Fall 2000-Winter 2001) +

Fall 2000-Winter 2001

May be elected as a departmental major

Prerequisites to the Major. Students planning to concentrate in psychology should elect an introductory psychology course (Psychology 111, 112, 114, or 115) by the end of the sophomore year. Students who receive a grade lower than "C" in Psychology 111, 114, or 115 are ineligible for a major in psychology.

After Introductory Psychology, students must complete a minimum of 34 credits in post-introductory courses, including the required Psychology courses and cognate courses listed below.

  1. Core course requirement: Two courses, one from each group:

    1. Biopsychology: Psych. 330 or 335. 
    2. Cognitive Psychology: Psych. 340 or 345. 
  2. Advanced courses in biopsychology and cognitive psychology requirement: Four additional upper-level natural science courses in Psychology selected from the following: Psych. 330, 335, 340, 345, 400, 431, 432, 433, 436, 437, 439, 443, 444, 447, 448, 500, 530, 531, 541, 542.  With permission from the department advisor, other courses such as special seminars may be substituted.
    Psych. 330, 335, 340, or 345 may be used only if they are not also used toward the Core Course requirement above; i.e., a total of six courses are required to satisfy both the Core Course and Advanced Course requirements.

  3. Advanced Lab requirement:

    1. Option 1: Two courses from the following: Psych. 302, 331, 332, 341, 342, 343, Biol. 308 or 226 or 429.
    2. Note: Omly one biology laboratory may be used toward the Biopsychology and Cognitive Science major.
    3. Option 2: One regular lab from Option 1 and one three-credit independent research course (408 or 505), or Honors 510 and 511 if a department advisor determines that it provides a natural science research experience.
  4. Psychology as a social science requirement. One course selected from the following: Psych. 350, 360, 370, 380, 390. With the approval of the department advisor, a social science psychology course that is not on the above list may be substituted.

  5. Statistics: One course. Statistics 402 is recommended, but Statistics 425 and 426 may be substituted by students interested in a stronger mathematical foundation. Other courses, as appropriate, may be substituted with approval of a psychology department advisor.

  6. Cognate course requirement. One course selected from the following list (or an approved substitute): Cell and Developmental Biology 570; Biological Anthropology 467, 568; Biology 208, 222, 225, 305, 307, 310 (or 311 or 412), 320, 381, 390, 404, 422, 425, 492, 494, 523, 534; Biological Chemistry 415; EECS 380, 492; Linguistics 315, 514, 555; Philosophy 345, 450, 482; Statistics 403, 406, 407. Other courses can be used as a cognate if they are approved by a department advisor.

Honors Plan. The department offers Honors work both at the introductory and advanced levels. Underclass Honors students may elect Psychology 114 or 115 as prerequisite to more advanced work. Students interested in an Honors major in psychology may obtain information and application material from the LS&A Honors Program Office, 1228 Angell Hall, or the Psychology Undergraduate Office, 1044 East Hall. Applications for the psychology Honors sequence of courses are usually reviewed only in the winter term of the sophomore year or the fall term of the junior year. Students wishing to pursue Honors by petition must file a statement of intent at least one term prior to graduation. Details and deadlines are available in the Psychology Undergraduate Office.

Honors candidates pursuing either the Psychology or the Biopsychology and Cognitive Science major complete the regular statistics and advanced laboratory requirements for major, as differentially detailed above. In addition, Psychology majors must elect one course from each of the five groups, while Biopsychology and Cognitive Science Honors candidates must meet their group course requirements plus cognates from the categories listed in 2, 4, and 6. However, courses in these groups differ from those above for both A.B. and B.S. candidates. Contact the Honors advisor or Psychology Undergraduate Office for details. Honors candidates pursuing either major also, if admitted to the Honors sequence of courses, elect Psychology 312, 510, and 511 as part of the necessary approved credits. Psychology 312, elected in the winter term of the junior year, emphasizes research methodologies as well as an extensive literature review to insure that students have an adequate basis upon which to initiate a senior Honors project. Enrollment in Psychology 510 and 511 during the senior year acknowledges a student's intention to complete the senior Honors thesis, which involves the design and execution of an acceptable research project and written report describing and analyzing this research. Satisfactory completion of Psychology 510 may substitute for one of the advanced laboratory requirements, as detailed above in 2 (Psychology) or 3 (Biopsychology and Cognitive Science), but one regular lab must be elected.


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