Behavioral Biology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 50.4 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 50.4 k / Year(s) Deadline: Nov 1, 2023
12 place StudyQA ranking:1988 Duration: You need IELTS certificate

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The David S. Olton Behavioral Biology Program is an interdepartmental, interdivisional area major for those wishing to study the natural and social sciences in relation to human and animal behavior. The program begins with the fundamental concepts of both the natural sciences and the social sciences. Then the interface between these two areas is explored through specialized courses and electives, and through additional study emphasizing a particular subject. Courses provide a broadly based yet integrated education, focused in the field of behavioral biology.

Fall Credits Spring Credits
AS.110.106 Calculus I (Biology and Social Sciences) 4 AS.110.107 Calculus II (For Biological and Social Science) 4
AS.030.101 Introductory Chemistry I 3 AS.030.102 Introductory Chemistry II 3
AS.030.105 Introductory Chemistry Lab I 1 AS.030.106 Introductory Chemistry Laboratory II 1
AS.200.141 Foundations of Brain, Behavior and Cognition 3 AS.200.208 Animal Behavior 3
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Fall Credits Spring Credits
AS.020.151 General Biology I 3 AS.020.152 General Biology II 3
AS.020.153 General Biology Laboratory I 1 AS.020.154 General Biology Lab II 1
AS.290.101 Human Origins 3 EN.550.112 Statistical Analysis II 4
EN.550.111 Statistical Analysis I 4 Upper Level Elective (BEHB-SOCSCI) 3
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Fall Credits Spring Credits
AS.080.250 Neuroscience Laboratory* 3 AS.171.104 General Physics/Biology Majors II 4
AS.171.103 General Physics I for Biological Science Majors 4 AS.173.112 General Physics Laboratory II 1
AS.173.111 General Physics Laboratory I 1 Upper Level Elective (BEHB-BIOBEH) 3
Upper Level Elective (BEHB-BIOBEH) 3 Research (optional)  
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Fall Credits Spring Credits
AS.290.490 Senior Seminar: Behavioral Biology** 1 Upper Level Elective (BEHB-SOCSCI) 3
Upper-Level Elective (BEHB-BIOBEH) 3  
Research (optional)    
    4     3
Total Credits: 70

 Neuroscience Lab can be taken anytime after 200.141


 Senior Seminar can be taken either fall or spring of senior year.

Research for Undergraduates

While research is not required for behavioral biology majors, it is strongly recommended students consider participating in a research experience as an undergraduate.

Honors in the Major

To receive honors in behavioral biology, students must have met the following criteria:

  1. Earn a GPA of 3.5 or better in major requirements 
  2. Conduct research and give a research presentation
  3. Receive a recommendation from research mentor
  • Application and Supplement
  • $70 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver
  • Signed Early Decision Agreement
  • Secondary School Report
  • SAT Reasoning Test or ACT Test
  • Mid-year Report*
  • TOEFL or IELTS results (recommended)
  • International Certification of Finances Form and Bank Statement


Both need- and merit-based financial assistance is available for international applicants, although both types of assistance are limited. The admissions process for international students is need-aware, meaning the offer of admission is directly linked to the student’s ability to meet expenses. 

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