The past two decades have witnessed an unprecedented expansion in our understanding of biological psychology, the study of brain-behavior relations. This field is, by its very nature, an interdisciplinary field, one that comprises not only central portions of biology and psychology, but also chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science. The biological psychology concentration provides an opportunity for a limited number of second-year students to pursue a coherent curriculum that emphasizes the biological basis of behavior.
The biology and psychology departments jointly offer the biological psychology concentration to students through the Class of 2017. The program is not a double major — it is structured to provide an integration of the two disciplines. The concentration is not intended simply to prepare undergraduates for advanced degrees in neuroscience: While some students go on to advanced study in neuroscience, others complement their pursuit of medical and dental degrees with the biological psychology concentration, and others pursue other postgraduate education, ranging from business and law school to social service and the arts.