The Behavioral Neuroscience program trains students in the scientific study of the biological aspects of behavior. Students are expected to sample widely from the course offerings of the Department of Psychology and other related departments, such as Pharmacy, Neurobiology, or Integrative Biology. It is expected that students will be actively engaged in research throughout their tenure in the program. The specific course requirements of the behavioral neuroscience program are designed to allow students to work closely with several members of the faculty while pursuing their personal professional goals.
Faculty members in behavioral neuroscience are currently engaged in research and teaching in problems of behavior theory, animal learning, psychopharmacology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropsychology, behavioral neuroendocrinology, animal communication, evolution and behavior, behavioral development, brain injury recovery and sensory processes. Approximately thirteen faculty in the Departments of Psychology, Neurobiology, and Integrative Biology contribute to the area. These faculty, along with other faculty in the Departments of Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, Anthropology, and Kinesiology, the College of Pharmacy and the Center for Learning and Memory participate in the campus-wide Institute for Neuroscience. Students in Behavioral Neuroscience have opportunities for a wide range of course work and research within the neurosciences.