The Mind, Brain, and Behavior Concentration prepares students to be more competitive candidates for graduate programs in cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, and sensation and perception. Many students considering a career in medicine and veterinarian medicine also chose to complete this concentration.  Students acquire a stronger science and quantitative background compared to the other concentrations in psychology.  Students are encouraged to participate as undergraduate research assistants and work with a faculty member on a research project.

Effective Fall 2015

Students must have a C or better in each of the following: PSY 100PSY 210PSY 250PSY 252PSY 401; and the three lecture-lab pairings in psychology.

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
CS 110Personal Computing 4
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A4
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)1B1
Select one course from the following:  3
Appreciation of Philosophy (GT-AH3)3B 
Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3)3B 
History and Philosophy of Scientific Thought (GT-AH3)3B 
Introduction to Ethics  
Introduction to Formal Logic  
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C3
PSY 192Psychology First-Year Seminar 1
PSY 252Mind, Brain, and Behavior 3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Social and Behavioral Sciences13C3
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
CHEM 107Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 108Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
MATH 125Numerical Trigonometry (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 126Analytic Trigonometry (GT-MA1)1B1
PSY 210Psychology of the Individual in Context 3
PSY 250Research Methods in Psychology 4
PSY 292BSeminar: Mind, Brain Behavior 1
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Arts and Humanities3B6
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Electives 3
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
BMS 300Principles of Human Physiology 4
CO 300Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)23
PSY 352Learning and Memory 3
Select one pair of courses from the following:2 5
Group A:
  
Cognitive Psychology4B 
Cognitive Psychology Laboratory4A 
Group B:
  
Biological Psychology4B 
Biological Psychology Laboratory4A 
Group C:
  
Sensation and Perception4B 
Sensation and Perception Laboratory4A 
Group D:
  
Cognitive Neuroscience4B 
Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory4A 
STAT 311Statistics for Behavioral Sciences I 3
STAT 312Statistics for Behavioral Sciences II 3
Upper Division Psychology 3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 30
Senior
 
Select one course from the following: 3-5
Human Gross Anatomy  
Cellular Neurobiology  
Microscopic Anatomy  
Functional Neuroanatomy  
Endocrinology  
Pharmacology  
PSY 401History and Systems of Psychology4C3
Select two pairs of courses not taken in junior year from the following: 2 10
Group A:
  
Cognitive Psychology4B 
Cognitive Psychology Laboratory4A 
Group B:   
Biological Psychology4B 
Biological Psychology Laboratory4A 
Group C:   
Sensation and Perception4B 
Sensation and Perception Laboratory4A 
Group D:   
Cognitive Neuroscience4B 
Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory4A 
Quantitative Elective3 3-4
Electives4 8-11
 Total Credits 30
 Program Total Credits: 120
1

Select any course in category 3C of the AUCC except HONR 492 or any PSY course.

2

Students should select a total of three lecture/lab pairs of courses over the junior and senior years. Two pairs are necessary to satisfy AUCC Cat 4A and 4B requirements.   

3

Take one additional mathematics or statistics course excluding MATH 101, MATH 105, MATH 192, STAT 192, STAT 201, and STAT 204. The honors course PSY 350 will count for this elective.

4

Select enough elective credits to bring the program to a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
Students must have a C or better in each: PSY 100; PSY 210; PSY 250; PSY 252; PSY 401; and the three lecture-lab pairings in psychology.
 

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
CS 110Personal Computing X 4
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)X 1B1
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)X 3C3
PSY 192Psychology First-Year Seminar   1
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
LIFE 102Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1) X3A4
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)X 1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)X 1B1
Select one course from the following:   3
Appreciation of Philosophy (GT-AH3) X3B 
Logic and Critical Thinking (GT-AH3) X3B 
History and Philosophy of Scientific Thought (GT-AH3) X3B 
Introduction to Ethics X  
Introduction to Formal Logic X  
PSY 252Mind, Brain, and Behavior X 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 107Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2) X3A4
CHEM 108Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1) X3A1
MATH 125Numerical Trigonometry (GT-MA1) X1B1
MATH 126Analytic Trigonometry (GT-MA1) X1B1
PSY 210Psychology of the Individual in Context X 3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Elective   2
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PSY 250Research Methods in PsychologyX  4
PSY 292BSeminar: Mind, Brain Behavior X 1
SPCM 200Public Speaking X 3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Elective   1
PSY 210, PSY 252 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 300Writing Arguments (GT-CO3) X23
PSY 352Learning and Memory X 3
STAT 311Statistics for Behavioral Sciences IX  3
Elective   3
Upper-Division PSY course   3
CHEM 107, CHEM 108, LIFE 102 must be completed by the end of Semester 5. X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
BMS 300Principles of Human PhysiologyX  4
Select one group from the following:   5
Group A:
    
Cognitive Psychology  4B 
Cognitive Psychology Laboratory  4A 
Group B:
    
Biological Psychology  4B 
Biological Psychology Laboratory  4A 
Group C:
    
Sensation and Perception  4B 
Sensation and Perception Laboratory  4A 
Group D:
    
Cognitive Neuroscience  4B 
Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory  4A 
STAT 312Statistics for Behavioral Sciences II   3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
Select one course from the following:   3-5
Human Gross Anatomy    
Cellular Neurobiology    
Microscopic Anatomy    
Functional Neuroanatomy    
Endocrinology    
Pharmacology    
Select one group from the following:   5
Group A:
    
Cognitive Psychology  4B 
Cognitive Psychology Laboratory  4A 
Group B:
    
Biological Psychology  4B 
Biological Psychology Laboratory  4A 
Group C:
    
Sensation and Perception  4B 
Sensation and Perception Laboratory  4A 
Group D:
    
Cognitive Neuroscience  4B 
Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory  4A 
Electives   5-7
PSY 352 must be completed by the end of Semester 7.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
PSY 401History and Systems of PsychologyX 4C3
Select one group from the following:   5
Group A:
    
Cognitive PsychologyX 4B 
Cognitive Psychology LaboratoryX 4A 
Group B:
    
Biological PsychologyX 4B 
Biological Psychology LaboratoryX 4A 
Group C:
    
Sensation and PerceptionX 4B 
Sensation and Perception LaboratoryX 4A 
Group D:
    
Cognitive NeuroscienceX 4B 
Cognitive Neuroscience LaboratoryX 4A 
ElectivesX  3-4
Quantitative ElectiveX  3-4
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   15
 Program Total Credits:   120