MA in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

MA Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN)

The concentration in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience focuses on studying biological substrates of behavior. Core and affiliated faculty study areas as diverse as neural control of behavioral development; brain systems in substance abuse; animal models of learning and memory and their disorders (such as Alzheimer's); human brain systems involved in cognition, perception, human error, decision making, and movement; the relation of neural activity to human performance; and cognitive aging. A focus of the program is on translational neuroscience-complementary study of neural systems in humans and animals, including application of animal research to human behavior.


(Catalog Year 2015-2016)

Two courses (5 credits) of specialized content

     PSYC 527 - Introduction to Neurobiology

     PSYC 558 - Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory

One chemistry course (3 credits) chosen from:

     PSYC 556 - Chemistry and the Brain

     PSYC 559 - Behavioral Chemistry

     PSYC 592 - Special Topics (when topic is Biological Bases of Mental Illness and Drug Abuse)

Two courses (7-8 credits) of quantitative methods

     PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics (REQUIRED)

     PSYC 612 - Advanced Statistics


     PSYC 652 - Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance

Professional seminar (1 credit)

     PSYC 890 - Seminar in Professional Psychology

Elective courses (at least 9 credits)

Students complete the 32 credits required for the degree through additional credits of course work or research. They can choose from courses below or other courses with the approval of their advisor. Students intending to pursue a doctorate are strongly advised to take PSYC 531.

     PSYC 531 - Mammalian Neurobiology

     PSYC 552 - Histology/Histochemistry of the Brain

     BIOL 583 - General Biochemistry

     PSYC 561 - Behavioral Biology of Substance Abuse

     PSYC 702 - Biological Bases of Human Behavior

     PSYC 704 - Life-Span Development

Thesis (6 credits)

A thesis is normally required, but 6 credits of PSYC 792 - Practicum may serve as a substitute if approved by the advisor and program coordinator.

Students should be aware of the policies governing theses. They must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in PSYC 799, maintain continuous enrollment. See Academic Policies.

     PSYC 798 - Thesis Proposal

     PSYC 799 - Master's Thesis (minimum of 3 credits)

Total: 32 credits