Biopsychology (B.S.)

Degree Type
Degree/Major
Area of Interest
STEM
Degree Level
Undergraduate
College
College of Education, Engineering, Letters, and Sciences

Viterbo’s biopsychology program, also known as behavioral neuroscience, provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to critically evaluate relationships between the brain and human/animal behaviors. Students will learn and test foundational and contemporary theories through critical thinking exercises, laboratory experiments, independent research, and presenting research findings.

Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate the interrelationship between biology and psychology.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in writing in core classes          
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills in verbal communication in core classes
  • Analyze primary literature about research and theory in the fields of biopsychology and neuroscience
  • Develop skills in collateral areas such as statistical analysis and experimental design 
  • Identify and think critically about the ethical issues confronting neuroscience          
  • Exhibit an understanding of foundational theories in both biology and psychology and how they manifest in behavior          
    Complete one Franciscan Values and Traditions course (VUSM-100 level course). Transfer or re-entry students may have one or two mission seminars waived based on the number of transfer or completed credits.
    Complete one Living in a Diverse World course. Transfer or re-entry students may have one or two mission seminars waived based on the number of transfer or completed credits.
    Complete one Serving the Common Good course.
    Complete one The Ethical Life course (VUSM-400 level).
    Complete four credits of scientific reasoning in the natural sciences.
    Complete three credits of artistic engagement.
    Complete three credits of historical analysis.
    Complete three credits of integrating faith and practice.
    Complete three credits of literary analysis.
    Complete three credits of philosophical and moral inquiry.
    Complete three credits of scientific reasoning in the social sciences.
    Complete three credits of theological inquiry.
    Complete 11 credits of natural science and/or mathematics. (Courses that qualify for Scientific Reasoning in the Natural Sciences or Quantitative Literacy credit within the LIVE program may also count toward the total.)
    Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits.
    Complete a minimum of 40 upper division credits (300/400).