Behavioral and Biological Sciences

The study of Behavioral and Biological Sciences investigates the intersections between biochemistry, psychology, genetics, neurobiology, behavior, immunology and anthropology. Students choosing this major will learn the foundations of both biological and psychological sciences as they apply to the study of human and animal behavior, as well as ethical considerations and implications of research. The student experience will include a selection of lectures and laboratory courses to develop foundational understanding, hands-on experimental understanding and critical thinking skills. Students trained in these areas will be prepared for business and research positions, for pursuing advanced degrees in medical school, pharmacy or graduate programs and will contribute in the following areas:

  • Health and wellness, making a direct and significant impact in areas in which citizens have received “poor marks.”
  • Health and the environment, indirectly, by working in research and within industry to change manufacturing processes and improve products.
  •  Leadership in business, industry and politics.
  •  K-12 education through service learning and outreach.  

PRE-MAJOR Requirements-Required courses

Not counted in the minimum 40 hrs. required for the major. 

PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
BIOL 130Intro Org and Environ Biology4
BIOL 140Intro Molec & Cellular Biology4
CHEM 134General Chemistry IA4
CHEM 136General Chemistry IIA4
CHEM 225Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 226Organic Chemistry II3

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

The minimum passing grade for a Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) course is 2.0. The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.

Foundational Studies

Written and Oral Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits

Capstone

Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

Foreign Language Requirement

Complete a two-semester beginning language sequence.

Ancient Greek I and II MCL 105 and MCL 106
Arabic I and II ARBC 101 and ARBC 102
Armenian I and II MCL 111 and MCL 112
French I and II FREN 101 and FREN 102
German I and II GER 101 and GER 102
Latin I and II LAT 101 and LAT 102
Spanish I and II SPAN 101 and SPAN 102

Major Requirements

Minimum of 40 credit hours upper level required.

BIOCHEMISTRY
Principles of Biochemistry
OR BCHM 470 and BCHM 471
GENETICS: One class from:
Cell Biology
General Genetics
Molecular Biology
NEUROSCIENCE
Introduction to Neurobiology
BIOLOGY & EVOLUTION: One class from:
Human Evolution
Behavior and Evolution
Capstone Course in Biology
ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: One class from:
Introduction to Primates
Ornithology
Behavioral Biology
Animal Behavior
Animal Intelligence
Primatology Field Course
PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY: One class from:
Human Physiology
Physiological Psychology
SENSATION & PERCEPTION
Sensation and Perception
COGNITION/LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT: One class from:
Cognitive Psychology
Psychology of Language
Learning and Memory
EPIDEMIOLOGY/HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY: One class from:
Epidemiology
Principles of Epidemiology
Health Psychology
ETHICS IN RESEARCH
Ethics in Research
STATISTICS: One class from:
Prin of Stat and Exper Design
Biostatistics I
EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY:
Experimental Psychology
COMPUTER IN PSYCHOLOGY
Computers in Psychological Res
CAPSTONE
Bio and Beh Science Capstone

NOTE:

At least 21 of the 40 upper level credit hours must be elected at UM-Dearborn.