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A Career Guide for the Psychobiology Major


Psychobiology studies the biological and neural bases of human and animal behavior. The main mission of the faculty in psychobiology is to prepare students for graduate training and professional work in psychobiology, and to provide a sound undergraduate education for students wishing to pursue medical, veterinary, and other health professional graduate programs. The Department of Psychology, in cooperation with the Department of Biological Sciences, offers the Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology. Students select one of two possible tracks: Behavioral Neuroscience and Ethology/Comparative Psychology.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Reading
  • Studying science
  • Working with computers
  • Writing reports
  • Learning about the behavior of living things
  • Organizing ideas
  • Creativity
  • Identifying problems
Aptitudes
  • Critical thinking
  • Strong oral/written communication skills
  • Strong memory skills
  • Exercising sound judgment
  • Patience
  • Compiling/evaluating data
  • Organizing ideas and supporting literature
  • Perceptiveness
  • Computer literacy
  • Creativity

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


The Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology requires a minimum of 120 credit-hours. The B.S. in Psychobiology is intended for students interested in pursuing graduate study in neuroscience or animal behavior. It is also suitable for students intending to go to medical, veterinary, or other health-related graduate professional schools. Facilities are available for experimental research in neuroscience and animal behavior. Qualified students are strongly encouraged to become involved in such research (normally, via Directed Independent Study or a special research course). All students are required to complete a year of general biology, a year of general chemistry, a year of physics, a year of organic chemistry, general psychology, biochemistry, comparative animal behavior, and comparative animal physiology. Courses in the tools of science are required (Research Methods, Experimental Design and Statistical Inference, Statistics Lab, and math through Calculus). The student is also required to take 4 courses from one of two tracks: Ethology/Comparative Psychology or Behavioral Neuroscience. Qualified students pursuing the B.S. in Psychobiology may participate in the departmental Honors Program after completion of 60 credit hours.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Psychobiology graduates:

Medical doctor
Clinical psychologist
Neuropsychologist
Animal trainer
Teacher/professor
Neuroscientist
Pharmaceutical sales
Pharmacist
Physician assistant
Research assistant
Chiropractor

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions, and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and degree requirements, contact:

Department of Psychology
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

Behavioral Sciences Rm. 101
561-297-3360


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Freshman Academic Advising, and in cooperation with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, and the Department of Psychology.
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