Brain and Behavioral Sciences

Brain and Behavioral Sciences

Behavioral neuroscience (the application of the principles of biology to the study of physiological, genetic, and developmental mechanisms of behavior in humans and animals) serves as the foundation of Brain and Behavioral Sciences. This area is combined with traditional areas of cognitive psychology (memory, thinking, and reasoning), learning and motivation, statistics and mathematical models of behavior in humans and animals. This program prepares students to work within all areas of psychology, multiple areas of business, many areas of health care, and a wide range of social services. The Brain and Behavioral Sciences major is especially appropriate for students interested in the more science or math-oriented areas of psychology. This major also offers excellent preparation for graduate and professional school, such as medical school.

Potential Job Title

  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Corrections Officer
  • Community Service Manager
  • Health Educator
  • Human Factors Specialist
  • Management Analyst
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Victim Advocate
  • Software Developer
  • ABA Therapist
  • Search Engine Evaluator
  • Mental Health Technician
  • Account Executive
  • Research Analyst

Experiential Learning

Potential Graduate School Options

Sample Degree Requirements & Plan of Study

How do I switch my major?

If you are interested in switching your major to Brain and Behavioral Sciences please visit the Change of Degree Objective (CODO) page to learn more about the process to enter the College of Health & Human Sciences.

How do I transfer to Purdue?

If you are interested in transferring to Brain and Behavioral Sciences from another college or university, please visit the Future Transfer Students page to learn more about the steps needed to finish your degree at Purdue University.

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