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Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Psychology M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior Concentration

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Neuroscience and Behavior is the study of the neural and physiological basis of behaviors. This includes the study of psychology, biology, pharmacology, physiology, and genetics. This concentration is designed to give students a strong background in both psychology and neuroscience. Graduates of this concentration will be prepared to pursue careers in neuroscience or biomedical research or to apply to doctoral programs. One of the most important prerequisites needed for both research careers and doctoral admission is research experience; therefore, this concentration places a strong emphasis on research participation. Students will be expected to be active members of research teams that make research presentations at professional conferences and culminate in a capstone research experience. Students must take a course in general biology before entering this concentration. To fulfill all prerequisites for graduate courses, students should complete additional courses in general chemistry, anatomy and physiology, statistics, cognitive psychology, physiological psychology, and statistics.

Applying to the Program

Students wishing to enroll in the Neuroscience and Behavior Concentration must be admitted to the Psychology Master's program and also formally apply to the concentration online. Instruction for applying can be obtained by contacting Dr. Georgina Moreno, MorenoG@uhcl.edu.

Degree Requirements 

Research and Statistics (6 hours)
PSYC 6036 Advanced Nonexperimental Methods and Statistics
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6037 Advanced Experimental Methods and Statistics
Credit Hours: 3
Required Neuroscience Courses (12 hours)
PSYC 5235 Learning Principles
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6134 Biological Basis of Behavior
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6832 Advanced Cognitive and Affective Psychology
Credit Hours: 3
BIOL 5635 Neuroscience
Psychology Core Courses (3 Hours)

Choose ONE of the following courses.

For PSYC 5532, the following may be substituted: SOCI 5532

PSYC 5031 Human Growth and Development
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 5532 Advanced Social Psychology
Credit Hours: 3
Elective Neuroscience and Behavior Courses (9 hours)
Choose THREE of the following courses. 
PSYC 5432 Psychoactive Drugs
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6030 Sensation and Perception
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6335 Research Methods in Neuroscience I
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6336 Research Methods in Neuroscience II
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

Courses from the College of Science and Engineering may be substituted with approval of the faculty of the concentration.
Master's Options

Choose ONE of the following options.

For thesis and project, complete 6 hours. For internship, complete 6 hours plus PSYC 5135.

PSYC 6739 Graduate Internship
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6839 Master's Project Research
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 6939 Master's Thesis Research
Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information

Choosing to complete a Graduate Internship and the internship placement must be approved by the faculty of the concentration.