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B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience Requirements

Humanities (24 hrs.)

Written Communication - Core Skill and Critical Inquiry

Composition (0)  
Satisfied by one of the following. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.  
Composition  
ACT English score of 27 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above
 
AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above
 
Equivalent transfer course
 
Critical Reading and Writing (0)  
Satisfied by one of the following. Requirement must be completed within the first academic year at KU.  
Critical Reading and Writing  
Freshman Honors English  
AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above
 
Equivalent transfer course
 
Sophomore Reading and Writing II (0)  
Satisfied by one of the following:  
Topics in Reading and Writing: _____  
Freshman-Sophomore Honors Proseminar: _____  
Introduction to Fiction  
Introduction to Poetry  
Introduction to the Drama  
AP English Literature & Composition score of 5 or above
 
Equivalent transfer course
 

Argument and Reason

Satisfied by one of the following: 3
Speaker-Audience Communication  
Reason and Argument  
Equivalent course
 

Western Civilization - Exploration of One's Own and Diverse Cultures

Advising Alert: Requires sophomore-level standing. Courses at other universities may have the same title but may not meet this requirement.

Satisfied by:  
HWC 204 Western Civilization I 3
or HWC 114 Western Civilization I Honors
HWC 205 Western Civilization II 3
or HWC 115 Western Civilization II Honors

Humanities - Understanding the Human Condition

Satisfied by completing 2 courses (6 hrs.) in any of the following categories: historical studies (requirement code HT), literature and the arts (requirement code HL), philosophy and religion (requirement code HR) and humanities (requirement code H). Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Natural Science (14 hrs. minimum)

Satisfied by completing 2 of the following 4 sequences AND an extension of 1 sequence (1 additional advanced course), or an approved alternative (14 hrs. minimum). 14
Biology:
 
Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology
   and Principles of Organismal Biology
 
Chemistry:
 
General Chemistry I
   and General Chemistry II
 
Physics: 
 
College Physics I
   and College Physics II
 
Biological Anthropology:
 
Fundamentals of Physical Anthropology  
Human Variation and Evolution  
Human Evolution
Human Adaptation
Anthropological Genetics
Human Behavioral Genetics

Mathematics (14 hrs. minimum)

Satisfied by completing a total of 4 mathematics courses totaling at least 14 hours, of which at least 6 hours must be calculus or calculus based. The 6-10 hours of calculus can be satisfied by taking at least one calculus I course (MATH 115 or 121) and one calculus II course (MATH 116 or 122). The remaining four to eight hours of mathematics can be satisfied by taking a minimum of two additional math courses at any level (excluding MATH 002). 14
   

Computing (6 hrs. minimum)

Satisfied by: 6
Introduction to Computing: _____  
An additional course  
The second 3 hours could either be a second semester of EECS 138 (focused on a second programming language) or be from an additional approved course that provides an opportunity to gain computing experience. This second course could be PSYC 480 or PSYC 481 if this Independent Study requires independent, original application of the student’s computing skills such as computer simulation of cognitive processes, or experience with computationally complex neuroscience techniques, such as brain imaging and mapping, or physiological data collection and analysis. (3)  

The second 3 hours could either be a second semester of EECS 138 (focused on a second programming language) or be from an additional approved course that provides an opportunity to gain computing experience. This second course could be PSYC 480 or PSYC 481 if this Independent Study requires independent, original application of the student’s computing skills such as computer simulation of cognitive processes, or experience with computationally complex neuroscience techniques, such as brain imaging and mapping, or physiological data collection and analysis.

Behavioral Neuroscience Major Course Requirements

Behavioral Neuroscience Prerequisite or Co-Requisite Knowledge (10)  
Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major.  
Orientation Seminar in Psychology. Satisfied by:  
PSYC 102 Orientation Seminar in Psychology 1
General Psychology. Satisfied by:  
PSYC 104 General Psychology 3
or PSYC 105 General Psychology, Honors
College Algebra or Pre-Calculus. Satisfied by:  
MATH 101 College Algebra (or equivalent) 3
or MATH 104 Precalculus Mathematics
Introductory Biology Course. Satisfied by  
BIOL 100 Principles of Biology 3
or BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Behavioral Neuroscience Core Knowledge and Skills (28)  
Majors must complete coursework in each of the following 4 areas:  
Behavioral Neuroscience Courses (6 hours minimum). Satisfied by one of the following: 6
Behavioral Neuroscience  
Behavior Neuroscience, Honors
Cognitive Neuroscience  
Clinical Neuroscience  
Clinical Neuroscience, Honors
Laboratory Courses (9 hours minimum). Satisfied by the following:  
PSYC 200 Research Methods in Psychology 3
or PSYC 201 Research Methods in Psychology, Honors
PSYC 625 Experimental Psychology: Methods in Neuropsychology and Psychophysiology 6
Quantitative Courses (9 hours minimum). Satisfied by one of the following: 9
Statistics in Psychological Research  
Statistics in Psychological Research, Honors
Intermediate Statistics in Psychological Research  
Statistical Methods in Behavioral and Social Science Research I  
Anova and Other Factorial Designs  
Applied Nonparametric Statistical Methods  
Factor Analysis  
Test Theory  
Multivariate Analysis  
Multilevel Modeling I  
Categorical Data Analysis  
Structural Equation Modeling I  
Applied Research Experience (4 hours minimum). Satisfied by one of the following: 4
Laboratory/Field Work in Human Biology  
Honors in Psychology  
Independent Study  
Research Practicum  
Elective Courses in Psychology or Other Disciplines (12)  
Majors must complete 12 hours minimum (other electives may be accepted with permission of the B.S. director) Satisfied by: 12
Introduction to Cognitive Science  
Cognitive Psychology
Human Behavioral Genetics  
Sensation and Perception  
Developmental Psychopathology  
Evolutionary Psychology  
Health Psychology  
Clinical Psychology  
Behavioral Pharmacology  
Mental Health and Aging  
Drugs and Behavior  
The Psychology of Aging  
Neurolinguistics I  
The Communicating Brain: The Ultimate Personal Computer  

Behavioral Neuroscience Major Hours & GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 40 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior Hours

Satisfied by 28 hours of junior/senior level major coursework.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.


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