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2020-2021 University Catalog 
    
2020-2021 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. 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.

Department of Psychological Sciences

Brain and Behavioral Sciences Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

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 (40-76 credits)


  • ♦ (satisfies Oral Communication for core)
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  • ♦ (satisfies Written Communication and Information Literacy for core) or
  • ♦ (satisfies Written Communication and Information Literacy for core) or
  • ♦ (satisfies Written Communication and Information Literacy for core)
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  • Cultural/International Diversity Selective - Credit Hours: 0.00-16.00
  • Economics/Finance Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Human Cultures: Humanities Core - Credit Hours: 3.00-4.00 (If a foreign language is chosen for Cultural/International Diversity Selective, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • Management & Leadership Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00;(If PSY 27200 is selected for BBS Major Area B, this requirement is satisfied.)
  • 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.)
  • Social Ethics Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 (If PSY 46400 or PSY 58100 is selected for BBS Major Area C, this requirement is satisfied.)

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.

Electives (8-44 credits)


University Core Requirements


For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC)

Prerequisite Information:


For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


 

Program Requirements


Fall 1st Year


15 Credits


Spring 1st Year


15 - 16 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, Tech, & Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Human Cultures: Humanities core  - 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 #2 - 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
  • Electives - Credit Hours: 9.00

15 Credits


Spring 4th Year


  • Economics/Finance Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Management & Leadership Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Electives - Credit Hours: 9.00

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.

World Language Courses


World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.

ASL-American Sign Language

ARAB-Arabic CHNS-Chinese FR-French
GER-German GREK-Greek (ancient) HEBR-Hebrew (Biblical) HEBR-Hebrew (modern)
ITAL-Italian JPNS-Japanese KOR-Korean LATN-Latin
PTGS-Portuguese RUSS-Russian SPAN-Spanish  

Critical Course


The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.  Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful.  These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program”. 

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