UNF Behavioral Neuroscience

 Behavioral Neuroscience

UNF offers a B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience through Interdisciplinary Studies for students interested in studying the biological basis of human behavior.  (A B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience has recently been approved by the Board of Trustees and should be available to students in Fall 2018. The curriculum will be slightly different than that shown below.)


The interdisciplinary curriculum (BA) requires 36 credit hours and focuses on the brain circuitry and other biological factors underlying normal and abnormal human development, cognition, perception, social interaction, mental health, and drug use.  


Students will gain a broad understanding of biological and psychological principles and techniques, and will acquire laboratory, research, technological and other practical skills required for further study and career opportunities in related fields. Specifically, students will be trained in a variety of behavioral, cellular and molecular, neuroanatomical, and neurobiological techniques necessary to approach questions of interest using animal and human model systems.  


A Behavioral Neuroscience degree will prepare students for a variety of careers and areas of continued education. Students will be prepared for doctoral program in fields such as neuroscience, biochemistry, molecular biology, neuropsychology, cognitive science, and medicine. Depending on their specific course of study, students also may be prepared to pursue career opportunities in such fields as healthcare, pharmacology, physical therapy, bioengineering, artificial intelligence, and research and development.

Students interested in the Behavioral Neuroscience degree should contact the Psychology Department advisors.

Students may also be interested in joining the UNF Neuroscience Club. 


B.A. in Behavioral Neuroscience curriculum   (The B.S. is coming soon...)


Required (in addition to university requirements)   credits   prerequisites  
PSB3002    Behavioral Neuroscience   3   BSC1010C  
PSY3213   Research Methods in Psychology   3   STA 2014  
PSY3213L   Research Methods Lab   1      
PSY4995   Special Topics in Neuroscience   3   PSB 3002  
PCB3023C   Molecular and Cell Biology   4   BSC 1011C, BSC 2012C, CHM 2210, CHM 2210L  
BCH4024   Molecular Biology and Biochemistry   3      
BSC4024L   Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Lab   1      
PCB4843    Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience   3      
Choose one lab course (4 credits)       additional prerequisites  
EAB3013C   Foundations of Experimental Analysis of Behavior Lab   4   EXP3412   
EXP3680C   Experimental Cognitive Psychology   4   EXP3604  
EXP4252C   Human Factors and Ergonomics   4   EXP3604  
EXP3461C   Human Learning and Performance   4   EXP3412  
SOP3214C   Experimental Social Psychology   4   SOP3004  
MCB4021C    Molecular Biology Techniques   4      
PCB4713C    Physiology Laboratory    4   PHY 2054,2054L  
PSY4302C   Psychological Testing   4   CLP4143 or DEP3054 or PPE4003  
Choose upper-level electives (at least 11 credits divided between at least 2 of the following disciplines)  
CBH3004    Comparative Psychology          
CLP4143    Psychology of Abnormal Behavior          
CLP4134   Childhood Psychopathology      
“How can a three-pound mass of jelly that you can hold in your palm imagine angels, contemplate the meaning of infinity, and even question its own place in the cosmos? ... Your brain... can not only ponder the very stars that gave it birth but can also think about its own ability to think and wonder about its own ability to wonder. With the arrival of humans, it has been said, the universe has suddenly become conscious of itself. This, truly, it the greatest mystery of all.” 

― V.S. Ramachandran, Ph.D.

CLP4313   Health Psychology        
DEP3054   Lifespan Developmental Psychology        
EAB4703   Behavior Modification        
EXP3104    Human Sensory Perception        
EXP3412   LearningTheory        
EXP3604   Cognitive Psychology         
PSB4113   Principles of Biofeedback        
PPE4003   Theories of Personality        
SOP3004   Social Psychology        
EAB3013C   Foundations of Experimental Analysis of Behavior Lab          
EXP3680C   Experimental Cognitive Psychology          
EXP4252C   Human Factors and Ergonomics          
EXP3461C   Human Learning and Performance          
SOP3214C   Experimental Social Psychology          
PSY3911    Supervised Research          
PSY4904    Honors Research          
PSY4906    Directed Individual Study          
PSY4945    Practicum in Applied Psychology          
PCB3063C    Genetics            
PCB4233    Immunology        
“The most powerful computer in the
world isn’t nearly as intuitive as the
one we’re born with.” 

— President Barack Obama
PCB4713C    Physiology          
PCB4805    Endocrinology          
ZOO4513    Animal Behavior          
PCB5525    Molecular Genetics        
BSC5028    Advanced Biology of Aging        
MCB4021C    Molecular Biology Techniques        
PCB4713C    Physiology Laboratory         
PHI3320   Philosophy of mind          
PHI3400    The Philosophy of Science          
PHI3500    Introduction to Metaphysics          
PHI3601    Bioethics