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2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Brain and Behavioral Sciences, BS


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About the Program

The Brain and Behavioral Sciences Major (BBS) is especially appropriate for students interested in the more science or math-oriented areas of psychology. This program is also popular with students who want careers in medicine.

Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Brain and Behavioral Sciences  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

PSYSCI-BS
BBS
120 credits

Major Requirements (50-54 credits)


A cumulative GPA of 2.3 is required for all PSY courses used to meet major (Areas A-C) requirements

B) Select two courses from each of the following groups (12 credits)


C) Select five 3-credit courses from the Advanced Content List (15 credits)


  • PSY - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • PSY - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • PSY - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • PSY - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • PSY - Credit Hours: 3.00

D) Select two courses for a total of 5-9 credits from FOUNDATIONS in Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Information Technology List (5-9 credits)


Courses selected must be from two different groups.  At least one course from Areas D or E must be a lab natural science course.

E) Select 9 credits from ADDITIONAL STUDY in Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Information Technology List (9 credits)


At least one course from Areas D or E must be a lab natural science course.

Required Courses in Other Departments (9-57 credits)


Cultural/International Diversity Selective (0-16 credits)

The Cultural/International Diversity requirement may be met by completing ONE of the four options listed below:

The Cultural/International Diversity Selective requirement may be waived for international students. See academic advisor for guidelines and approval

  • Option 1: Proficiency through level IV in any one foreign language.
    • Foreign Language 10100 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
    • Foreign Language 10200 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
    • Foreign Language 20100 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
    • Foreign Language 20200 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00

Select from American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.

  • Option 2: Proficiency through level III in any one foreign language AND a course from Cultural/International Diversity Selective list.
    • Foreign Language 10100 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
    • Foreign Language 10200 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
    • Foreign Language 20100 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
    • Select a course from Cultural/International Diversity Selective list - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Option 3: Two courses in any one foreign language AND an approved study abroad experience of at least 6 weeks in duration, which
    • a)  Must take place outside the United States
    • b)  Have significant immersion in the local culture and language independent of any U.S.-based program in which the student may be participating.
      • Foreign Language 10100 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
      • Foreign Language 10200 - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
      • Study Abroad Experience
  • Option 4: An approved semester length (Fall/Spring) study abroad experience which satisfies the following criteria:
    • a)  Must take place outside the United States
    • b)  Have significant immersion in the local culture and language independent of any U.S.-based program in which the student may be participating.
      • Study Abroad Experience

Select from list for each


  • Economics/Finance Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Management & Leadership Selective (IF PSY 27200  is selected for BBS Major Area B, this requirement is fulfilled.) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 3.00
  • Social Ethics Selective (IF PSY 46400  is selected for BBS Major Area C, this requirement is fulfilled.) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 3.00
  • [Humanities Core] (IF a foreign language is chosen for Cultural/International Diversity Selective, this requirement is fulfilled.) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 4.00
  • [Information Literacy Core] (IF ENGL 10600  or 10800  is chosen for Written Communication core, this requirement is fulfilled.) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 3.00
  • [Oral Communication Core] (Recommend COM 11400 - Fundamentals Of Speech Communication ) - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • [Quantitative Reasoning Core]  MA 15300 - Algebra And Trigonometry I  OR higher from University list except MA 15555  (IF a Group 2 course is chosen for BBS Major Area D, this requirement is fulfilled.) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 5.00
  • [Science Core] (Recommend [S] course from Area D or E. IF a [S] course is selected for BBS Major Area D, this requirement is fulfilled.) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 5.00
  • [Science Core] (Recommend [S] course from Area D or E. IF a [S] course is chosen for BBS Major Area D or E, this requirement is fulfilled.) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 5.00
  • [Science, Technology & Society Core] (Recommend [STS] course from Area D or E. IF a [STS] course is chosen for BBS Major Area D or E, or for Social Ethics Selective, this requirement is fulfilled.) - Credit Hours: 0.00 - 3.00
  • [Written Communication Core] (Recommend ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition  or ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition ) - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00

Note


Courses that fulfill Brain & Behavioral Sciences Core requirements may also be used to fulfill Selective requirements, if applicable.

Courses that fulfill major requirements (Areas A-C) may also be used to fulfill Selective requirements, if applicable.

Courses that fulfill major requirements (Areas A-E) may also be used to fulfill Core requirements.

Electives (9-61 credits)


At least 32 credits of coursework from Purdue University required at 300 level or higher


120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree


University Foundational Learning Outcomes List


https://www.purdue.edu/provost/initiatives/curriculum/course.html

Program Requirements


Fall 1st Year


15 Credits


Spring 1st Year


  • BBS Area B2 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Written Commun. Core - Credit Hours: 4.00 (ENGL 10600  recommended)
  • Cultural/International Diversity Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 **
  • BBS Area E + Science Core - Credit Hours: 3.00 ***
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00

15 Credits


Fall 2nd Year


15 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


15 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


  • BBS Area B2 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • BBS Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • BBS Area E + Science, Tech, & Society Core*** - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities Core**** - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


  • BBS Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • BBS Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • BBS Area E + Science Core - Credit Hours: 3.00 ***
  • Social Ethics Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 ****
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Fall 4th Year


  • BBS Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • BBS Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 4th Year


  • Economics/Finance Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Management & Leadership Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 ****
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Note


* Typical credits shown, but will vary with specific course selections; 120 total credits required. At least 32 of these credits must be courses taken at Purdue and numbered 30000 or higher.

** Depending on language placement and Option selected, requirement might require fewer than 4 semesters to complete, potentially creating opportunities for additional electives to be taken.

*** Assumes BBS Area E and Core requirement will be fulfilled with one appropriately selected course. Requirements can be separated, if student prefers.

****Includes course option that can cover two or more requirements concurrently.

Foreign Language Courses


Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course


The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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