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.
PSYC 592 - Special Topics (when topic is Biological Bases of Mental Illness and Drug Abuse)
PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics (REQUIRED)
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.
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 799 - Master's Thesis (minimum of 3 credits)