Biological Basis of Behavior, BA

Biological Basis of Behavior is an interdisciplinary program in which students explore the relationship between behavior (both human and animal) and its organic bases. The Program offers courses in virtually all areas of neuroscience ranging from cellular neurobiology to cognitive neuropsychology and integrates these basic interdisciplinary courses with basic science requirements in biology, chemistry and psychology. Students also engaged in supervised research in areas as diverse as molecular neurobiology, chemical neuroanatomy, visual sciences and behavioral ecology.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives17.5
Major Requirements
Core Requirements
Introductory Chemistry:
CHEM 101General Chemistry I1
CHEM 102General Chemistry II1
Introductory Biology:
Select one of the following Options:3
Option 1:
Introduction to Biology A
Introduction to Biology B
Option 2:
Introduction to Biology - The Molecular Biology of Life
Introductory Molecular Biology Laboratory
Introductory Organismal Biology Lab
200-Level BIOL Course
Introduction to Brain & Behavior:
Select one of the following:1
Introduction to Brain and Behavior
Introduction to Brain and Behavior
Introduction to Brain and Behavior
Behavioral Neuroscience:
Select one of the following 200-level BIBB courses:1
Physiology of Motivated Behaviors
Autonomic Physiology
Cognitive Neuroscience:
Select one of the following 200-level BIBB courses:1
Cognitive Neuroscience
Drugs, Brain and Mind
BIBB 251Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology1.5
or BIOL 251 Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology
Select one of the following:1
Statistics for Biologists
Introductory Business Statistics
Introductory Statistics
Additional BBB Major Elective Courses
Students may pick any 8 courses from the approved electives for the BBB major 2,38
Total Course Units36

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


See the BBB web site for approved courses in areas of specialized study. Students are encouraged to take a research course or do sponsored research in their junior or senior year.


BIBB 399 Independent Research, BIBB 499 Senior Honors Thesis or a 400-level BIBB course are three of the options.

Honors Option

BIBB Honors Complete

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.