Biological Sciences (Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior) (BS)
Accelerated Program

The neurobiology, physiology and behavior concentration serves students in the BS program in biological sciences with a broad yet rigorous education.

While it might seem that neurobiology, physiology and behavior are quite separate fields, the three interact extensively in living organisms to achieve common goals. By studying neurobiology, behavior and physiology from the perspectives of molecular and cellular biology, evolution, organ systems (neural, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, etc.) and the environment, students gain insight into how these aspects work together in a variety of ways. Students in this concentration also learn to apply principles from mathematics, chemistry and physics. Discoveries are made at the laboratory bench and in the field, and students in the concentration are encouraged to participate in research projects in the labs of our faculty members.

This program is available as an accelerated degree program:

Due to the high volume of overlap in curriculum, students enrolled in this degree are not permitted to declare a concurrent degree combination with any other School of Life Sciences program or with the Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the School of Molecular Sciences. Students should speak with their academic advisor for any further questions.

Degree Offered

Biological Sciences (Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior) (BS)
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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

The broad education and critical-thinking skills students receive in this concentration are applicable to a variety of rewarding careers. Premedical, preveterinary and predental students get the background and courses needed for professional school application and beyond. Many students go on to graduate school for academic, teaching or research careers in areas such as:

  • endocrinology
  • environmental or behavioral physiology
  • human physiology
  • metabolism
  • neurobiology
  • social behavior

With a Bachelor of Science degree in this concentration, graduates have opportunities for technical positions in hospitals, research institutes and industry (food, dairy, chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology) as well as in government laboratories and agencies. The most important skills students learn in the concentration are critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied to many scientific problems and professions as well as to the challenges of daily life.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 9.3%$85,600
Family Medicine Physicians 6.1%$207,380
Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists 3.9%$66,350
Genetic Counselors 21.5%$85,700
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education3.8%$62,870
Life Scientists, All Other 4.6%$82,000
Physical Therapists 18.2%$91,010
Physician Assistants 31.3%$115,390
Veterinarians 15.9%$99,250
Animal Scientists 5.5%$63,490

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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