The study of Behavioral and Biological Sciences investigates the intersections between biochemistry, psychology, genetics, neurobiology, behavior, immunology and anthropology.

Student choosing this major will learn the foundations of both biological and psychological sciences as they apply to the study of human and animal behavior, as well as ethical considerations and implications of research. The student experience will include a selection of lectures and laboratory courses to develop foundational understanding, hands-on experimental understanding and critical thinking skills. 

Students trained in behavioral biology will enter professional schools or pursue positions in business and research, and will contribute in the following areas:

  • Health and wellness, making a direct and significant impact in areas in which citizens have received “poor marks.”
  • Health and the environment, indirectly, by working in research and within industry to change manufacturing processes and improve products.
  •  Leadership in business, industry and politics.
  •  K-12 education through service learning and outreach.  

Degree Requirements

Learn more about CASL Degree Requirements.

  • Program Goals
    1. Explain how molecular and genetic processes contribute to behavior.
    2. Explain how environmental and socio-cognitive experiences contribute to behavior.
    3. Describe the causes or possible causes of behavioral disease or illness, and provide scientific rationale for the pharmacological and socio-cognitive treatment of illness and disease.
    4. Read, interpret, and critique the literature in biology and behavioral science.
      • Communicate in written and spoken formats about scientific principles and findings.
      • Interpret and design appropriate experiments and apply principles of data analysis using statistical methods.
    5. Understand professional and ethical responsibilities.
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