The innovative Psychobiology major at HNU is an interdisciplinary program focused on the study of the relationship between physiological processes and behavior in human beings and other animal species. Psychobiology majors take coursework within the areas of psychology and biology and are typically prepared for a variety of careers including those involving laboratory research and fieldwork.
The major prepares students for graduate studies in physiological psychology, animal behavior, and neuroscience. It is also suitable as a preparation for teaching, counseling, and health science fields including medicine.
To accommodate the interests of different students, the psychobiology program offers two tracks: a Bachelor of Arts degree for students planning on graduate study in psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree for students with an interest in biological research or medicine. Students who wish to major in psychobiology must first complete the appropriate preparatory courses with a grade of C- or higher. As part of the major, students take courses dealing with human and animal neurophysiology and human cognition. In their senior year, all majors (1) take a capstone course in which they write a comprehensive paper or (2) write a senior thesis, involving an original piece of research, under faculty supervision.