The Psychology minor is designed to provide a broad overview of topics within psychology, knowledge and skills related to research methods in psychology, and deeper knowledge of research, theory, and application in one or two specific aspects of the discipline. Completion of this minor may be especially useful to Biobehavioral Health (BBH) students who want to better understand how people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors affect health; and for those students who plan to use their BBH degree to pursue careers elated to social work or human services.
Students completing this minor will find a flexible selection of coursework in psychology. In most cases, completion of the course requirements for the minor will count toward the BBH degree and will not require any additional coursework. The requirements include Introduction to Psychology (PSYCH 100), Basic Research Methods in Psychology (PSYCH 301), and four additional courses in psychology. Requirements for the minor can be found at:https://bulletins.psu.edu/undergraduate/colleges/liberal-arts/psychology-minor/#programrequirementstext
The minor in neuroscience is designed for the student desiring an in-depth knowledge about the basic and functional aspects of the nervous system. A neuroscience minor can provide students with training in neuroanatomy and circuitry, neuronal physiology, evolution and development of the nervous system, biochemistry, cellular and molecular processes, and functional neurobiology of disease and behavior. Students studying Biobehavioral Health and Psychology could benefit from comprehensive study of the neurosciences in preparation for technical, medical professional, or research careers.
Students completing this minor will find a flexible selection of coursework in Biology and Biobehavioral Health. In most cases, completion of the course requirements for the minor will count toward the BBH degree and may require minimal additional coursework. The requirements include Neurological Basis of Human Behavior (BBH 203/Psych 260), Neurobiology (BIOL 469), and three additional courses in Biobehavioral Health which can include Biobehavioral Aspects of Stress (BBH 432), Pharmacological Influences on Health (BBH 451) and Special Topics (BBH 497). Requirements for the Neuroscience minor can be found at: https://bulletins.psu.edu/undergraduate/colleges/intercollege/neuroscience-minor/#programrequirementstext