B.S. Neuroscience and Behavior Degree Requirements

The Neuroscience and Behavior major provides undergraduate preparation for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in psychobiology, neuroscience and/or behavioral biology, or in pursuing professional degrees in medicine or veterinary medicine. Qualified students are strongly encouraged to become involved in neuroscience and behavior research projects (normally via a Directed Independent Study or special research course). An optional Honors Thesis, PSY 4970, is available to those students who meet the academic requirements (Minimum of 120 credits required).

Prerequisite Coursework for Transfer Students

Students transferring to Florida Atlantic University must complete both lower-division requirements (including the requirements of the Intellectual Foundations Program) and requirements for the college and major. Lower-division requirements may be completed through the A.A. degree from any Florida public college, university or community college or through equivalent coursework at another regionally accredited institution. Before transferring and to ensure timely progress toward the baccalaureate degree, students must also complete the prerequisite courses for their major as outlined in the  Transfer Student Manual . 

All courses not approved by the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System that will be used to satisfy requirements will be evaluated individually on the basis of content and will require a catalog course description and a copy of the syllabus for assessment.

B.S. Neuroscience and Behavior Core Requirements

In addition to the University and College requirements, students are expected to complete all of the following courses.  A minimum of 24 of the upper-division credits in the B.S. Neuroscience and Behavior program must be taken at Florida Atlantic University.

Biochemistry 1    BCH 3033    3
Biological Principles    BSC 1010    3
Biological Principles Lab    BSC 1010L    1
Biodiversity    BSC 1011    3
Biodiversity Lab    BSC 1011L    1
Comparative Animal Behavior    CBH 4024    3
General Chemistry 1    CHM 2045    3
General Chemistry 1 Lab    CHM 2045L    1
General Chemistry 2    CHM 2046    3
General Chemistry 2 Lab    CHM 2046L    1
Organic Chemistry 1    CHM 2210    3
Organic Chemistry 2    CHM 2211    3
Organic Chemistry Lab    CHM 2211L    2
Math through Calculus MAC 2233,   2281, 2282,   2311, 2312 or 2313    3
Genetics    PCB 3063    4
General Physics 1 and 2* or
College Physics 1 and 2*
PHY 2048 and PHY 2049 or
PHY 2053 and PHY 2054
Biological Bases of Behavior 1    PSB 3002    3
General Psychology    PSY 1012    3
Research Methods in Psychology    PSY 3213    3
Experimental Design and Statistical Inference    PSY 3234    3
Intermediate Statistics Lab    STA 3163L    1

* This degree program does not require that students take Physics lab courses. However, students considering medical school should take the lab sequences. The Physics Department may require labs as corequisites for lecture courses.

B.S. Neuroscience and Behavior  Elective  Requirements

Students are expected to complete a minimum of 12 credits of elective courses. Students are free to choose their elective courses from those listed below. Special Topics laboratory courses with the words "Research in (neuroscience-related topic)" or "Laboratory in (neuroscience-related topic)" can be substituted for one elective course, with permission of the program coordinator.

Behavioral Neuroscience
Auditory Perception    EXP 4120    3
Human Perception    EXP 4204    3
Comparative Animal Physiology    PCB 4723    3
Comparative Animal Physiology Lab    PCB 4723L    1
Computer Laboratory in Psychobiology    PSB 3002L    3
Laboratory in Psychobiology    PSB 4004L    3
Biological Bases of Behavior II    PSB 4006    3
Neuropsychology    PSB 4240    3
Human Psychophysiology    PSB 4323    3
Psychopharmacology    PSB 4444    3
Developmental Psychobiology    PSB 4504    3
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory    PSB 4810    3
Biopsychology of Language    PSB 4833    3
Developmental Neurobiology    PSB 6515    3


Cellular Molecular Neuroscience
Cellular Neuroscience and Disease    PCB 4842    3
Practical Cell Neuroscience    PCB 4843C    3
Human Morphology and Function 1    PCB 3703    3
Human Morphology and Function 1 Lab    PCB 3703L    1
Human Morphology and Function 2    PCB 3704    3
Human Morphology and Function 2 Lab    PCB 3704L    1
Cell Biology
   PCB 3023    3
Comparative Animal Physiology    PCB 4723    3
Comparative Animal Physiology Lab    PCB 4723L    1
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory    PSB 4810    3


Ethology/Comparative Psychology
Psychology of Motivation    EXP 4304    3
Marine Biology    OCB 4043    2
Marine Biology Field Studies and Lab    OCB 4043L    2
Principles of Ecology    PCB 4043    3
   PCB 3674    3
Comparative Animal Physiology    PCB 4723    3
Comparative Animal Physiology Lab    PCB 4723L    1
Computer Laboratory in Psychobiology    PSB 3002L    3
Laboratory in Psychobiology    PSB 4004L    3
Developmental Psychobiology    PSB 4504    3
Invertebrate Zoology    ZOO 2203    3
Invertebrate Zoology Lab    ZOO 2203L    2
Functional Biology of Marine Animals    ZOO 4402    3
Functional Biology of Marine Animals Lab    ZOO 4402L    1
Ornithology    ZOO 4472    2
Ornithology Lab    ZOO 4472L    2
Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis    ZOO 4690    3
Comparative Vertebrate Morphogenesis Lab    ZOO 4690L    2