Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

Psychology is the science of human and animal behavior. Psychology majors receive a broad science-based liberal arts education. As a result, those with a Bachelor of Science in psychology are widely sought in business, education, and mental health fields. For a professional career in psychology, a graduate degree is needed.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The Department of Psychology is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the generation of psychological science and to its application and dissemination. The department is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and nondiscriminatory environment.
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 Curriculum

The psychology curriculum at UF provides a strong background to pursue careers in psychology or to prepare students for entry into advanced professional schools such as law or medicine. The curriculum emphasizes the principles and applications of psychological knowledge, both as a natural science and as a social science.

Students in the psychology major can specialize in general psychology, behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, and behavior analysis. All specializations require coursework in psychology, statistics, mathematics, and biology, and all offer the option to conduct a senior honors thesis if desired. The specializations vary in the specific courses necessary to complete the degree requirements. General psychology requires courses in four core areas within the discipline as well as elective psychology courses. Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience focuses more specifically on natural science-oriented psychology courses and allows students to take limited approved non-psychology courses relevant to contemporary neuroscience. This specialization also requires more math and biology courses than general psychology. Behavior analysis also focuses more specifically on natural science-oriented psychology courses and how the environment around an organism can be modified to change behavior.

Coursework for the Major

A psychology major consists of a minimum of 36 credits with related coursework in biological science, mathematics, and statistics. At least 18 of the 36 credits must be taken at the University of Florida. Courses used toward the major must be earned with minimum grades of C.

Required Coursework

Required coursework will depend on the program the student chooses. Coursework for each specialization can be found below.

Recommended Coursework

In addition to regularly scheduled courses, the department offers six individual work courses:

Research
PCO 4911Undergraduate Research in Psychology of Health Disparities3
PSY 4911Undergraduate Research in Psychology3
PSY 4905Individual Work1-3
PSY 4970Senior Thesis1-3
Teaching
PSY 4940Introduction to Teaching in Psychology3
Community Work
PSY 4949Internship in Psychology1-3

In each case, a psychology faculty member or other approved professional serves as supervisor. A maximum of nine credits of individual work courses from the following can count toward the major:

CLP 3911Introduction to Clinical Research1-3
PCO 4911Undergraduate Research in Psychology of Health Disparities3
PSY 4911Undergraduate Research in Psychology0-3
PSY 4905Individual Work1-3
PSY 4940Introduction to Teaching in Psychology3
PSY 4949Internship in Psychology0-3
PSY 4970Senior Thesis1-3

Research

Research in psychology means asking questions about behavior, designing and running experiments and collecting data regarding those questions, analyzing and interpreting the results, and communicating these results to colleagues. Developing research skills is encouraged, especially if students anticipate graduate school in psychology or in other professional areas.

Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

Required Coursework

Students in the behavioral and cognitive neuroscience specialization are required to complete 36 credits of coursework with minimum grades of C. At least 22 credits must be taken in psychology.

Introductory level
PSY 2012General Psychology (or its equivalent, such as a general psychology course taken elsewhere or credit by exam for this course via AP, IB, AICE, etc.)3
Foundation core
Each is an introduction to the substantive areas of behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. Select one course from each area:6
Biological Bases
Behavioral Neuroscience
Learning and Cognition
Cognitive Psychology
Laboratory courses
PSY 3213LLaboratory Methods in Psychology3
Select one specialized psychology laboratory course:4
Laboratory in Applied Behavior Analysis
Laboratory in Sensory Processes
Laboratory in Cognitive Neuroscience
Individual Work
Psychology courses
4000-level psychology courses with a PSB or EXP prefix or approval of the undergraduate coordinator. These courses must be taken in addition to the required laboratory course and individual work courses.6
Additional courses
Psychology courses or approved neuroscience-relevant courses outside psychology to meet the 36- credit minimum requirement 114
Total Credits36
1
  • 3 credits may be at the 2000 level or higher
  • The remaining 11 or more credits must be at the 3000/4000 level
  • Any neuroscience-relevant courses outside psychology must be approved by a psychology advisor before enrollment
    Students may not take both PSB 3002 and PSB 3340 under any circumstances.

Students who wish to transfer courses in psychology toward the major must see an advisor in the department for approval.

Related Coursework

Statistics

STA 2023 and STA 3024 are also required. STA 2023 is a prerequisite for some 4000-level psychology and laboratory courses. STA 3024 must be taken before or concurrently with any specialized psychology laboratory, and it counts as a 3000+ level elective not in the major.

Mathematics

Proficiency is required. MAC 2311 meets this requirement.

Biological Science

BSC 2010 and BSC 2011 are required.

All majors are encouraged to see a psychology advisor in 135 Psychology Building. No appointments are necessary and walk-ins are welcome.

Most of the foundation-level courses and the laboratory methods course are offered each semester. Special topic and other advanced courses are offered less frequently. Fewer courses are offered in summer.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

These critical-tracking courses are required: BSC 2010, MAC 2311, PSY 2012, PSY 3213L, PSB 3340, and STA 2023.

Although not required in the first five semesters, additional psychology courses taken in semesters 1-5 count toward the critical-tracking GPA for the major.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

  • Complete 2 of the following critical-tracking courses with a 2.6 critical-tracking GPA: BSC 2010, PSB 3340, or PSY 3213L
    Students should take PSY 3213L in semester 3 or 4 before taking any additional 3000-level or above psychology courses.
  • 2.7 UF GPA required

Semester 4

Semester 5

  • Complete the final tracking course (BSC 2010, PSB 3340, PSY 3213L or STA 2023) with a 2.75 critical-tracking GPA. Additional psychology courses taken in semesters 1-5 are included in the critical-tracking GPA.
  • 2.8 UF GPA required

Semester 6

  • Complete 2 of the remaining PSY 3XXX/4XXX required courses
  • Complete STA 3024

Semester 7

Semester 8

  • Complete all remaining PSY 3XXX/4XXX required courses and/or neuroscience relevant courses.

Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H, or S). STA 3024 and approved 3000 level or above neuroscience-relevant courses outside the psychology department may count towards the 3000 level or above electives outside of the major.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 1 4
Gen Ed Physical Sciences 3
Foreign language 4-5
 Credits14-15
Semester Two
PSY 2012 General Psychology (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Foreign language 3-5
Elective 3
 Credits15-17
Semester Three
BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Biological Sciences) 3
PSB 3340 Behavioral Neuroscience (Critical Tracking) 3
PSY 3213L Laboratory Methods in Psychology (Critical Tracking) 3
Gen Ed Humanities 3
Elective (3 credits of foreign language if 4-3-3 option) 3
 Credits15
Semester Four
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Biological Science, Physical Science, or Social and Behavioral Science) 3
BSC 2011 Integrated Principles of Biology 2 (Gen Ed Biological Sciences) 3
EXP 3604 Cognitive Psychology (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 3
Gen Ed Physical Sciences or Elective (if Quest 2 course is a Physical Science) 3
 Credits15
Semester Five
STA 3024 Introduction to Statistics 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 3 3
Psychology course (3000-level or above) 3
Approved neuroscience-relevant course outside psychology 3
Electives 6
 Credits15
Semester Six
Select one: 3
Approved neuroscience-relevant course outside psychology
Psychology course (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences; 3000 level or above)
Psychology course (Critical Tracking; PSB or EXP prefix; 4000 level) 3
Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 6
 Credits15
Semester Seven
Select one specialized psychology laboratory elective: 4
Laboratory in Applied Behavior Analysis (Critical Tracking)
Laboratory in Sensory Processes (Critical Tracking)
Laboratory in Cognitive Neuroscience (Critical Tracking)
Individual Work (Critical Tracking)
Psychology course (Critical Tracking; PSB or EXP prefix; 4000 level) 3
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 6
Elective 3
 Credits16
Semester Eight
Select 8 credits: 8
Approved neuroscience-relevant course outside psychology
Psychology courses (Critical Tracking; 3000 level or above)
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major) 3
Elective 4
 Credits15
 Total Credits120
1

Take MAC 1147, if needed.

2

Must be Quest 2 if not taken Semester 2 or 3.

3

Counts as a 3000-level or above elective, not in the major.


The Bachelor of Science in psychology enables students to achieve a high level of proficiency in the science of psychology, including the core natural and social science areas of psychology. Laboratory courses emphasize students' understanding of the design, analysis and critical interpretation of psychological research. Students will also refine their core knowledge and understanding of psychological research with advanced coursework in statistics, biology and mathematics.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Demonstrate satisfactory (minimum grade of C) performance on exams, papers and other coursework for six credits in core psychology natural sciences (course prefixes CBH, EAB, EXP and PSB), six credits of core psychology social sciences (course prefixes CLP, DEP, SOP and PPE) and three or four credits of psychological research methodology, design and analysis, as graded by department rubric.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Critical knowledge of basic and applied aspects of core natural science areas within psychology as well as core social science areas within psychology.
  2. Knowledge of the design, analysis and interpretation of psychological research.

Critical Thinking

  1. Review, interpret and analyze the literature in psychological science.

Communication

  1. Clearly and effectively present ideas in speech and in writing that contribute to the dissemination of advances in research in psychological science.

Curriculum Map

All courses available to students are listed in the table; however, students choose six credits in core psychology natural sciences, six credits of core psychology social sciences and three-to-four credits in psychological research methodology, design and analysis.

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4
DEP 4115 R
DEP 4163 R
DEP 4305 R
DEP 4464 R
DEP 4930 R
EAB 4184 R
EAB 4704 R
EXP 4504 R
PCO 3320 R
PCO 4104 R
PCO 4272 R
PCO 4930 R
PSB 3842 R
PSB 4240 R
PSB 4342 R
PSB 4434 R
PSB 4504 R
PSB 4654 R
PSB 4810 R
PSB 4823 R
PSB 4934 R
PSY 3220 R R R
PSY 3443 R
PSY 4604 R R R
PSY 4930 R
SOP 3842 R
SOP 4444 R
SOP 4504 R
SOP 4704 R
STA 3024 I, R
Natural Sciences
CBH 3003 I, R, A
EAB 3002 I, R, A
EAB 3764 I, R, A
EXP 3104 I, R, A
EXP 3604 I, R, A
PSB 3002 I, R, A
PSB 3340 I, R, A
Social Sciences
CLP 3144 I, R, A
DEP 3053 I, R, A
PPE 3003 I, R, A
SOP 3004 I, R, A
Laboratories
DEP 4704C I, R, A I, R, A I, R, A
EAB 4022C I, R, A I, R, A I, R, A
EAB 4714C I, R, A I, R, A I, R, A
EXP 4174C I, R, A I, R, A I, R, A
EXP 4934C I, R, A I, R, A I, R, A
PPE 4324C I, R, A I, R, A I, R, A
PSY 3213L I, R, A I, R, A I, R, A
SOP 4214C I, R, A I, R, A I, R, A
Individual work in research, teaching, or community service
PSY 3912 R R R
PSY 4905 R
PSY 4940 R
PSY 4949 R
PSY 4970 R R R

Assessment Types

  • Exams
  • Papers