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B.S. in Biopsychology

Biopsychology is the study of the biological bases of behavior, including the molecular and cellular basis of neural functioning and how systems of neurons relate to behavior. By its nature, biopsychology is an interdisciplinary field of study that encompasses biology, chemistry and psychology. The field is broad and researchers may find themselves studying the brain from a chemical, cellular, genetic, developmental, behavioral, cognitive or social behavioral perspective. A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology could pursue careers or graduate programs in neuroscience, neuropsychology, or the allied health fields.

Due to the broad study of the major, students should consult with their academic advisor to create a coherent program of study that is best suited to each student’s goals.

Students interested in pursuing careers in biomedical sciences and allied health studies (that is, those wishing to eventually attend schools of nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical laboratory science, etc.), or those interested in medical school or other similar healthcare professional school (dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, etc.) should immediately familiarize themselves with Sec. and Sec. of the Oglethorpe University Bulletin, and should seek the specialized advising that is recommended in those sections.

All introductory-level science (biology, chemistry, physics) lecture courses have mathematics prerequisites, and some also have mathematics co-requisites. Several of these introductory-level science courses are required for the Biopsychology major. While the mathematics prerequisites can be satisfied in a variety of ways, the most efficient way for most students is to take the mathematics placement examination no later than the start of a student’s first semester at Oglethorpe. The mathematics placement exam will diagnose if a student has sufficient mathematical acuity to exempt any (or all) of the mathematics prerequisites and, if not, will also diagnose an action plan for preparing the student to satisfy prerequisites in the shortest possible time. Please consult Sec. 5.4.1. and Sec. 5.4.2.of the Oglethorpe University Bulletin for additional information.

B.S. in Biopsychology

1. Completion of all of the following courses:

BIO 101 General Biology I
BIO 102 General Biology II
BIO 201 Genetics
BIO 215 Animal Behavior
CHM 101, 101L General Chemistry I with laboratory
CHM 102, 102L General Chemistry II with laboratory
MAT 111 Statistics
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 209 Behavioral Neuroscience
PSY 301 Research Methods
PSY 307 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 308 Sensation and Perception
PSY 310 Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior
PSY 401 Advanced Topics in Biopsychology

2. Additional requirements and things to note:
a. Oglethorpe students contemplating taking any of the courses required for the major as transients at other post-secondary institutions are cautioned to follow Oglethorpe’s transient student policy (see Sec.
b. Courses taken to complete this major may not be used to fulfill the requirements of a minor in a related field.


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