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Biopsychology programs teach people about the links between the human body and human psychology. This program may also be called psychobiology.

Biopsychology programs teach people about the links between biology and psychology. Students learn about body chemistry. They study the central nervous system and how it affects mental health or illness.

Biopsychology programs include topics such as:


In biopsychology programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Many colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in biopsychology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in biopsychology. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

For this program, schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet.

Some schools also require you to apply to the biopsychology major. Typically you must first complete courses in psychology, statistics, biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, and calculus.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

A bachelor's degree program in psychobiology typically requires that you study the following courses:

If a bachelor's degree program in biopsychology is not available to you, you probably can fit the above course work into a major in general biology. With those additions, it will be good preparation for graduate school in biopsychology.

Graduate Program Courses

A master's degree program in biopsychology typically includes courses such as the following:

A doctoral degree program in biopsychology typically includes more courses such as the above, plus courses on research methods and advanced statistics, such as the following:

In addition, graduate programs typically require the following:

Things to Know

Most people with a degree in biopsychology work as researchers and lab assistants. You can work for drug and chemical companies.

A bachelor's degree in biopsychology is considered good preparation for medical school. In addition, it is good preparation for further graduate study in neuroscience, clinical psychology, animal behavior, and biopsychology.


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