Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration, BS

Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration, BS

Why do we do what we do? Delve into the mysteries of the human brain.

This major is designed for students interested in the biological bases of behavior. Using a balance of theoretical and experimental work, our program will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of neural biology, cognitive science, and psychological theories. All of this takes place within small, discussion-rooted classes, a hallmark of the liberal arts tradition.

Guided by our renowned, approachable faculty, you’ll hone your ability to wrestle with unfamiliar problems and ethical issues, the tools to investigate topics in-depth, and the communication skills needed to share information with others. We’re committed to providing you with hands-on opportunities, both in formal classes and through directed laboratory, field research opportunities at home and abroad, and independent study.


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Upon completion of the requirements for the bachelor of science degree in psychology, students will be able to:

  • DEMONSTRATE knowledge of and be able to critically analyze the theoretical approaches, research findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  • UNDERSTAND multiple research methods and statistical tools and be able to use them to design research and collect, analyze, and interpret data, as well as proficiently write a research report using standard APA format.
  • DEMONSTRATE an understanding of the multiple ways gender, culture, age, and sexual orientation affect psychological processes (e.g., perception, memory, learning, affect, social behavior, and development).
  • APPLY psychological theory and research to real-world problems and issues.

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“During my time at SMC, I participated in faculty-guided research and was able to make personal connections with several professors in my department. It really prepared me academically for graduate school where I am working towards certification in behavior analysis.”

Kalynn Unzicker, '21, Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration


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