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Academic Program Guide

Behavioral Neuroscience

ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2023 and after)

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and diversity requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

Behavioral Neuroscience is a limited-access major. To be admitted into Behavioral Neuroscience, you must have completed at least 52 hours, have earned a “C minus“ or better in each of the Admission Prerequisite Courses (BSC2010/L, BSC2011/L, CHM1045/L, CHM1046/L, MAC2311, and STA2122) and have an overall (all college-level work attempted) GPA of 2.80 or higher.

The Behavioral Neuroscience major offers focused study of organismal, systems, and human-level approaches to brain function. Broadly multi-disciplinary, the principles of Neuroscience are derived from Biology and Psychology, with essential foundations in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Statistics. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to synthesize knowledge across the natural and social sciences – exploring the elaborate chains of causality that lead from molecules to behavior, as well as the dramatic impact exerted by social, personal, and environmental influences on dynamic patterns of human thought and emotion. Students are encouraged to work in Neuroscience research labs and participate in Program in Neuroscience professional development and public outreach activities. The unique multi-disciplinary breadth of the Neuroscience degree prepares students for a variety of STEM-related careers – scientific research and/or education, numerous health professions, computer and cognitive science, as well as several human-centered professions such as law and economics.

Mapping Coordinator: Shellie Camp

Sample Schedule and Required Milestones by Term

Sample Schedule: Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
MAC1105 College Algebra (or higher mathematics)3
BSC2010/L Biological Science I and Lab (GE Core Natural Science)4
PSY2012 General Psychology (GE Core Social Science)3
Required Milestones: Term 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete (or waive) MAC1105 ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context 3
MAC1140 Pre-Calculus Algebra 3
CHM1045/L General Chemistry I and Lab (GE Natural Science)4
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice Multicultural 3
Required Milestones: Term 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete MAC1140 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete BSC2010/L or CHM1045/L ( ≥ C minus )
Overall GPA 2.60 or higher
Summer hrs
STA2122 Applied Statistics3
CHM1046/L General Chemistry II and Lab4
GE History/ Multicultural/State-Mandated Writing/SIP3
Sample Schedule: Term 3 hrs
MAC1114 Analytic Trigonometry2
BSC2011/L Biological Sciences II and Lab4
CHM2210 Organic Chemistry I 3
GE Ethics3
Required Milestones: Term 3
Complete BSC2010/L ( ≥ C minus )
Complete CHM1045/L ( ≥ C minus )
Complete STA2122 ( ≥ C minus)
Complete MAC1114 ( ≥ C minus)
Overall GPA 2.70 or higher
Sample Schedule: Term 4 hrs
MAC2311 Calculus I4
PCB3134 Cell Structure and Function 3
CHM2211 Organic Chemistry II3
Writing/E-series/GE Elective (non-science)3
Required Milestones: Term 4
Complete BSC2011/L ( ≥ C minus )
Complete CHM1046/L ( ≥ C minus )
Complete MAC2311 ( ≥ C minus )
Overall GPA 2.80 or higher
Sample Schedule: Term 5 hrs
PHY2053C College Physics A with Lab4
PSY3213C Research Methods in Psychology 4
PCB4843 Fundamentals of Neuroscience 3
PSB 4400 Neuroscience Methods: Molecules to Behavior 2
Oral Communication Competency 3
Required Milestones: Term 5
Complete PSY2012 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete PSY3213C ( ≥ C minus )
Civic Literacy requirement
Sample Schedule: Term 6 hrs
PHY2054C College Physics B with Lab4
PSB3004C Physiological Psychology with Brain Anatomy Lab 4
NS Elective (PSY)3
Foreign Language 14
Required Milestones: Term 6
Complete CHM2210 or PHY2053C ( ≥ C minus )
Complete PCB3134 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete PSB4400 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete a Pre-Graduation Check
Sample Schedule: Term 7 hrs
NS Elective (BSC)3
NS Elective (PSY)4
Foreign Language 24
Gen Elective4
Required Milestones: Term 7
No Milestones
Sample Schedule: Term 8 hrs
NS Elective (BSC)3
NS Elective (PSY)4
Foreign Language 34
Gen Elective3
Required Milestones: Term 8
Apply for Graduation in 1st two weeks

Employment Information
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Medical Technician, Clinical Research Associate, EEG Technologist, Forensic Science Technician, Science Writer, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Health Educator, Substance Abuse Counselor, Psychiatric Technician, Nurse Practitioner, Neuroimaging Technician, Physician’s Assistant, Applied Behavior Analyst, Anesthesiologist Assistant, Genetic Counselor, Epidemiologist, Occupational Therapist, Biostatistician, Orthotist/Prosthetist, Speech-Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist, Food Scientist, Audiologist, Optometrist, Research Scientist, College or University Professor, Medical Doctor, Clinical Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, Pharmacist, Dentist, Veterinarian, Bioethicist, Biomedical Engineer, Computational Scientist, Lawyer, Economist.
Representative Employers: Health Care Providers, Pharmaceutical Industry, Medical Device Industry, Higher Education, Research Institutes, Governmental Agencies, Consulting Firms, Non-profit Organizations.

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for taking course work towards completion of the major. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor for this major before participating in an International Programs opportunity. Interested students should also contact the Office of International Programs.

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.

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