Mar 20, 2019  
2018-2019 University Catalog 
    
2018-2019 University 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. Like the Psychological Sciences major, this major includes a foundation in both basic and applied areas of psychology and offers substantial opportunity to explore other areas of interest. The advanced coursework emphasizes behavioral neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and quantitative areas of psychology

Degree Requirements


120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (36 credits)


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

A) Brain and Behavioral Sciences Required Courses (9 credits)


Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (41-80 credits)


D. Foundations in Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Information Technology Selective (5-9 credits)


  • Select two courses for a total of 5-9 credits from FOUNDATIONS List. 
  • 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) Additional Study in Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Information Technology (9-13 credits)


Select at least 9 credits from ADDITIONAL STUDY List. 

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

  • Cultural/International Diversity Selective - Credit Hours: 0.00-16.00
  • Economics/Finance Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Management & Leadership Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 (If PSY 27200 is selected for BBS Major Area B, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • Social Ethics Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 (If PSY 46400 is selected for BBS Major Area C, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • Humanities Core - Credit Hours: 3.00-4.00 (If a foreign language is chosen for Cultural/International Diversity Selective, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • Information Literacy Core - Credit Hours: 1.00-4.00 (If ENGL 10600 or 10800 is chosen for Written Communication core, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • Oral Communication Core - Credit Hours: 3.00 (COM 11400 recommended)
  • Quantitative Reasoning Core - MA 15300 or select any course from University list EXCEPT MA 13800, MA 15555, MA 19000, or PHIL 15000 - Credit Hours: 3.00-5.00 (If a Group 2 course is chosen for BBS Major Area D, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • Science Core - Credit Hours: 2.00-5.00 (Recommend course from Area D or E that is also on University Science Core list. If course chosen for BBS Major Area D is also on University Science Core list, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • Science Core - Credit Hours: 2.00-5.00 (Recommend course from Area D or E that is also on University Science Core list. If course chosen for BBS Major Area E is also on University Science Core list, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • Science, Technology & Society Core - Credit Hours: 1.00-3.00 (Recommend course from Area D or E that is also on University Science Technology & Society Core list. IF course chosen for BBS Major Area D or E, or for Social Ethics Selective, is also on University Science Technology Society Core list, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • Written Communication Core - Credit Hours: 3.00-4.00 (Recommend ENGL 10600 or ENGL 10800)

Electives (4-43 credits)


University Core Requirements


  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:


For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


 

Program Requirements


Fall 1st Year


  • PSY 12000 - Elementary Psychology
  • Oral Communication - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Cultural/International Diversity Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Quantitative Reasoning - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Information Literacy - Credit Hours: 1.00 - 4.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 2.00

15-17 Credits


Spring 1st Year


  • BBS Major Area B2 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Written Communication - Credit Hours: 3.00 - 4.00
  • Cultural/International Diversity Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • BBS Major Area E + Science #1 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Fall 2nd Year


15 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


15 Credits


Fall 3rd Year


  • BBS Major Area B2 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • BBS Major Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • BBS Major Area E + Science #2 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Humanities  - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


  • BBS Major Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • BBS Major Area C - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • BBS Major Area E + Science, Tech, & Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Social Ethics Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Elective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits


Fall 4th Year


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


Notes


  • Courses that fulfill 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-C) and Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Information Technology requirements (Areas D-E) may also be used to fulfill Core requirements.
  • A student may elect the Pass / Not-Pass grading option for elective courses only, unless an academic unit requires that a specific departmental course/s be taken Pass / Not-Pass.  Students may elect to take University Core Curriculum courses Pass / Not-Pass; however, some major Plans of Study require courses that also fulfill UCC foundational outcomes.  In such cases, students may not elect the Pass / Not-Pass option.  A maximum of 24 credits of elective courses under the Pass / Not-pass grading option can be used toward graduation requirements. For further information, students should refer to the College of Health and Human Sciences Pass / Not-Pass Policy.
  • At least 32 credits of coursework from Purdue University required at 30000 level or higher for graduation.
  • 2.0 GPA required for Graduation
  • Students may NOT major in both Brain & Behavioral Sciences and Psychological Sciences.

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

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