BS Behavioral Neuroscience

The Behavioral Neuroscience BS Major will be open for declarations as of Fall 2022.

Major Checklist /Course Plan

Checklist/Course Plan (word format) (pdf format)

The program checklist can be used to keep track of prerequisites and your progress toward completing the requirements of the major. 

Requirements for the BS Major

See Undergraduate Academic Record for official requirements.  

Students must fulfill at least 55 credits of required coursework to earn the BS degree in Behavioral Neuroscience, including 5 prerequisite courses; 5 Core courses; an Advanced Research course; two Advanced Seminars; 2 electives; and 3 science foundation courses.  At least C grade must be obtained for all courses to fulfill the degree requirements.  

PREREQUISITES: 16 credit hours (5 courses)

        Required, in any order, to declare the BS (equivalent AP, IB and transfer courses may be approved)

1) STAT 1602 - Introduction to Data Science with Python Credits: 3

2) PSYC 2005 - Research Methods and Data Analysis I Credits: 3

3) BIOL 2100 - Introduction to Biology with Laboratory: Cell Biology & Genetics Credits: 4

4) one of the following:

  • PSYC 2200 - A Survey of the Neural Basis of Behavior Credits: 3
  • BIOL 3050 - Introduction to Neurobiology Credits: 3

5) one of the following: 

  • APMA 1090 - Single Variable Calculus I Credits: 4
  • MATH 1190 - A Survey of Calculus I with Algebra Credits: 4
  • MATH 1210 - A survey of Calculus I Credits: 3
  • MATH 1310 - Calculus I Credits: 4

Required Core Courses: 16 credit hours (5 courses)

        Students must complete each of the following:

  • PSYC 3006 - Research Methods and Data Analysis II Credits: 4
  • PSYC 3160 - Cognitive Neuroscience Credits: 3
  • PSYC 3200 - Fundamentals of Neuroscience Credits: 3
  • PSYC 3235 - Introduction to Epigenetics Credits: 3
  • PSYC 3250 - Forum in Ethical and Inclusive Science: 3 (New course in process of being added to the course catalog)

Advanced Research Requirement: 3 credit hours (1 course)

       Students are required to take 3 credit hours of coursework in advanced research from the following:

  • PSYC 3210 - RM: Psychobiology Laboratory Credits: 3
  • PSYC 4260 - RM: Genetic and Epigenetic Research in Behavior Credits: 3
  • PSYC 4420 - RM: Brain Mapping with MRI Credits: 3
  • PSYC 4215 - RM: Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience Credits: 3
  • PSYC 5270 - RM: Computational Neuroscience Credits: 3

Advanced Topics Requirements: 6 credit hours (2 courses)

        Students are required to take two courses (6 credit hours) in advanced topics in behavioral neuroscience from the following: 

  • PSYC 3100 - Learning and the Neuroscience of Behavior Credits: 3
  • PSYC 3240 - Animal Minds Credits: 3
  • PSYC 4200 - Neural Mechanisms of Behavior Credits: 3
  • PSYC 4265 - Developmental Neurobiology Credits: 3
  • PSYC 4245 - Development of Sensory Systems Credits: 3

Psychological Science Foundations Requirement: 3 credit hours (1 course)

       Students are required to take an additional 3 credit hours of coursework in psychological science from the following:

  • PSYC 1010 - Introductory Psychology Credits: 3
  • PSYC 2150 - Introduction to Cognition Credits: 3
  • PSYC 2410 - Abnormal Psychology Credits: 3
  • PSYC 2600 - Introduction to Social Psychology Credits: 3
  • PSYC 2700 - Introduction to Child Psychology Credits: 3

Science Foundation Requirement: 6 credit hours (2 courses)

       Students are required to complete two courses (6 credit hours) of foundational scientific coursework from the following:

  • ASTR 2110 - Introduction to Astrophysics I Credits: 3
  • BIOL 2200 - Introduction to Biology w/Laboratory: Organismal & Evolutionary Biology Credits: 4
  • CHEM 1410 - Introductory College Chemistry I Credits: 3
  • CS 1110 - Introduction to Programming Credits: 3
  • EVSC 1010 - Introduction to Environmental Sciences Credits: 3
  • MATH 2310 - Calculus III Credits: 4
  • PHYS 1425 - Introductory Physics 1 for Engineers Credits: 3
  • STAT 1100 - Chance: An Introduction to Statistics Credits: 3
  • STAT 1120 - Introduction to Statistics Credits: 3
  • STAT 2020 - Statistics for Biologists Credits: 4

Electives: at least 6 credit hours (2 courses)

      Students must complete two of the following courses.  Student’s who did not take a 4000-level Advanced Topics course must select at least one 4000-level elective. 

  • PSYC 3210 - RM: Psychobiology Laboratory Credits: 3
  • PSYC 3260 - Hidden Figures: Brain Science Through Diversity Credits: 3
  • PSYC 3559 - New Course in Psychology Credits: 1 to 4
    Approved Topic: How to Build a Healthy Human Brain
  • PSYC 4155 - Autism: From Neurons to Neighborhoods Credits: 3
  • PSYC 4215 - RM: Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience Credits: 3
  • PSYC 4245 - Development of Sensory Systems Credits: 3
  • PSYC 4250 - Brain Systems Involved in Memory Credits: 3
  • PSYC 4255 - Behavioral Epigenetics Credits: 3
  • PSYC 4260 - RM: Genetic and Epigenetic Research in Behavior Credits: 3
  • PSYC 4290 - Memory Distortions Credits: 3
  • PSYC 4420 - RM: Brain Mapping with MRI Credits: 3
  • PSYC 4607 - Uniquely Human Social Cognition Credits: 3
  • PSYC 5270 - RM: Computational Neuroscience Credits: 3
  • NESC 4245 - Neuroscience through the Nobels Credits: 3

Planning for the BS in Behavioral Neuroscience in relation to the College Curriculum Requirements  

Receiving a Bachelor degree at UVA requires 55 additional credits as College of Arts and Sciences General Education requirements, as posted here:

https://gened.as.virginia.edu/requirements

Note that both the Disciplines and the Disciplines + Pathways provide flexibility for students who are enrolled in a Bachelor of Science major.  

In addition, most of the prerequisite courses for declaring the BS and the science foundation requirements also fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences general education requirements. Students who are considering to declare BS in Behavioral Neuroscience as their major are encouraged to seek advising early on. Advising openhouses will be available every semester before each enrollment period.   

A sample 4-years Plan of Study.

Questions/Advising

For questions, please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator, Lisa Ishler, dli3a@virginia.edu, (434) 982-4981;
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Chris Mazurek, cjm5ma@virginia.edu; or psy-umaj@virginia.edu

 

Instructions to Declare 

This process will be completed using Docusign. Please follow all of the steps listed below:

STEP 1: Join the Collab site and group(s)

  1. Join the Collab site “Behavioral Neuroscience Majors (BS)”.
  2. On the Collab site, add yourself to the appropriate group for your expected graduation year. View this tutorial on how to add yourself to a group.
  3. On the Collab site, if you identify with an underrepresented group (for example, historically underrepresented racial or ethnic group, first-generation college students, economically-disadvantaged background) and would like to receive information about targeted opportunities for such students, add yourself to the “Underrepresented Group” for your graduation year. View this tutorial on how to add yourself to a group.
  4. On the Collab site, complete the “Major Declaration (or deferral) Questionnaire”, located here: Collab>Behavioral Neuroscience Majors (BS)>Tests & Quizzes

STEP 2: Complete your Course Plan

  1. Open and complete the Behavioral Neuroscience course plan form:
  2. Download and review your unofficial transcript from SIS to assist in completing the course plan form. 
  3. Start by filling in any courses you have already completed.
  4. Fill in the other courses that you plan* to take to satisfy all major requirements. *The courses you list on your plan are not binding and can be updated as necessary in the future.
  5. When finished, save your course plan and your SIS unofficial transcripts as PDF documents. You will eventually attach these forms to the Docusign Major Form -or- Defer Form 
  6. If you need help to complete your course plan, email Lisa Ishler (dli3a@virginia.edu).

STEP 3: Read the Docusign Form instructions

  1. Begin the Docusign Form process by reading the following instructions:
  2. In the "Powerform Signer Information" section you will enter your name and email, and then you will enter the Declaration of Major Contact for Behavioral Neuroscience:
  3. Once you have entered the name and email for yourself and the Declaration of Major Contact, click "Begin Signing" at the bottom of the PowerForm.  This will lead you to the actual Major form.  You will complete the required fields on the docusign form (see sample form below).  Continue reading for tips on how to complete this form for Behavioral Neuroscience.
  4. Docusign Intended Major:
    • enter "Behavioral Neuroscience BS​"
  5. Docusign Course List:  You do not have to fill this part out with an advisor as it states on the form, because you will attach your Behavioral Neuroscience course plan instead.  Instead, just list a filler course so the form will allow you to submit it: “PSYC | 0000| Title: See Attached Course Plan | 56 Credits"
  6. Complete any other required Docusign fields, and then add the 2 required attachments:
  7. Then click the "Finish" button.  The forms will be routed to the Undergraduate Coordinator for review.  You will be contacted via email if anything else is needed.

STEP 4. Start the Docusign Process

DECLARE: Have you completed all of the prerequisite courses? Then you are ready to declare...

(If not, then move down to the Defer section below)

  • You can access the form by going to the College web page here: https://college.as.virginia.edu/forms - scroll down to find the "Declaration of Major and Minor Form (DocuSign)".  Regarding the Docusign Course List:  You do not have to fill this part out with an advisor as it states on the form, because you will attach your course plan instead.  Add a filler course so the form will allow you to submit it: “PSYC | 0000| Title: See Attached Course Plan | 56 Credits"

Don't forget...

Include your 2 attachments when you submit your Docusign form:

Make sure to designate the Declaration of Major Contact (DMC) as: 


DEFER: Still working on prerequisite courses past your second year?

Then you will need to defer the major...

  • Use the Defer Declaring a Major (DocuSign) if you are at the end of your second year and are missing prerequisite courses that you plan to take at the beginning of your third year. You can access the form by going to the College web page here: https://college.as.virginia.edu/forms, scroll down to find the "Defer Declaring a Major (DocuSign)" form.

Don't forget...

Include your 2 attachments when you submit your Docusign form:

Make sure to designate the Declaration of Major Contact (DMC) as: 

STEP 5. Check SIS to ensure your major form was processed

We will try to process your form as soon as possible, however, there may be delays in processing your form depending on the time of the year (e.g. beginning of the semester, enrollment start, graduation, and conferences). After submitting your form, your major should show up in SIS. If 10 days have passed, and you are not notified via docusign that your form has been processed and you have checked SIS and don't see your major, please email me to let me know, so I can ensure that I received your form. Click here to let me know: It's been 10 days, I checked sis and my major program and new advisor is not showing up. Thank you for your patience.

Questions/Advising

For questions, please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator, Lisa Ishler, dli3a@virginia.edu, (434) 982-4981;
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Chris Mazurek, cjm5ma@virginia.edu; or psy-umaj@virginia.edu