Course Requirements

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1. Six CORE Courses (no choices)

(Three credits each = 18 of the required 48 total course credits)

830:521 Research Design & Analysis I

830:522 Research Design & Analysis II

830:543 Conditioning and Learning

830:567 Nervous System & Behavior I

830:568 Nervous System & Behavior II

830:One additional course or seminar in Learning/Neural Plasticity (cannot be Non-thesis Research and cannot also be used to fulfill requirement #2)

 2. Four Additional courses (Choose any combination of Electives and Seminars.)

 Electives use lecture/examination format. Seminars involve critical discussion of literature via student presentations and participation, rather than a lecture/examination format.


Chosen from the following, partial list. Additional courses not listed below may be deemed appropriate but should be approved by both your primary advisor and the Behavioral Neuroscience area coordinator.


830:556 Human and Animal Aggression

830:558 Psychopharmacology: Theory & Practice

830:579 Biopsychology of Behavioral Development

830:591 Functional Neuroanatomy

830:591 Psychoneuroimmunology

830:591 Behavioral Endocrinology

830:591 Hormones & Behavior


830:507 Developmental Research Methodology

830:514 Sensation & Perception

830:546 Memory and Attention

830:566 Assessment & Treatment of Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism

830:580 History & Systems of Psychology


067:502 Physiology & Reproduction

115:501 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

148:503 Cellular & Molecular Endocrinology

215:546 Behavioral Genetics

709:552-553 Nutrition: A Biochemical & Physiological Basis

718:522 Pharmacology

761:501-502 Mammalian Physiology

761:544 Neuronal Development

761:546 Neuroendocrinology

761:555 Neurobiology 



830:631, 632, 635, 636, 646  - Seminars in Behavioral Neuroscience offered in recent years include the following:


Behavioral Endocrinology

Behavioral Pharmacology

Neurobiological Implications of Animal Cognition

Structure & Interpretation of Scientific Inquiry

Introduction to Neuropsychological Assessment

Limbic System Anatomy & Behavior

Neural Plasticity & Behavior

Emotion & Motivation


Neuroethological Approaches to Behavior

Critical Analysis of Research Design

Neuroendocrine Responses to Stress


3. Additional Courses (18 of the required 48 total course credits)

The remaining 18 course credits, chosen according to the student’s interests, comprise any combination of:

1. Advanced Studies in Psychology: (830: 503; 504; 3 credits each) Reading and individual study, involving written and oral reports. By arrangement on an individual basis with a faculty member.

2. Non-thesis Research Courses: (830: 501; 502; variable credit) Course credit for research not directly related to Master's or Doctoral Theses. or

3. Additional Electives or Seminars (see above).


4. Research in Psychology: (830: 701; 702; variable credit)

Research credit (usually after the first year) for research directly related to the Master's or Doctoral Theses

Research credits needed for Master's: 6 credits

Research credits needed for Doctorate: an additional 18 credits

Total number of Research Credits needed: 24


Curriculum Requirements for the Master's Degree

To obtain the Master of Science degree, a Behavioral Neuroscience student must have completed at least 6 research credits (830: 701; 702) and 24 course credits (including at least 15 course credits from CORE courses; no more than 6 non-thesis research credits may be counted toward the Master’s degree).