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Department of Psychology

Biopsychology Major


The B.S. in Biopsychology prepares students who are interested in any of the following fields: medicine, clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psychopharmacology, neuropsychology, behavioral genetics, experimental psychology, evolutionary psychology, or comparative psychology. 


Most biopsychologists are trained experimental psychologists who have brought their knowledge of biology to the study of psychological phenomena.  These phenomena include behavior and underlying psychological processes, such as learning, memory, perception, attention, motivation, emotion, and cognition.



Biopsychology Major (61-63 credits)

Credit hours shown in parentheses


Biology/Chemistry Component

Neuroscience (3)

General Chemistry I (4)

General Chemistry II (4)


One of the following series of courses

(14- 19credits total):

A. Molecular and Cellular Biology (4)

Animal Form and Function (3)

Plant Form and Function (3)

Introduction to Organic Chemistry (4)




B. Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4)

Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4)

Genetics for Health Professions (3)

Organic Chemistry I (4)

Organic Chemistry II (4)


Three to seven credits from the following


Animal Behavior (3)

Developmental Biology (3)

Microbiology for Health Professions (4)

Physiology (4)

Human Anatomy (4)

Cell Biology (4)

Introduction to Immunology (4)

NOTE: Students must take 34 - 36 credits

from the biology and chemistry component

of the major.


Psychology Component

Introduction to Psychology (3)

Introduction to Social Research (3)

Life Span Development (3)

Biological Basis of Behavior (3)

Experimental Psychology (3)


One of the following:

Statistical Methods in Psychology (3)

Introductory Statistics (3)


Two of the following:

Cognition (3)

Abnormal Psychology (3)

Sensation and Perception (3)


One of the following:

Capstone: Natural Sciences (3)

Psychology Seminar (3)


For a printable version of the course requirements, visit our Online Course Catalog.

Recommended course sequence Biopsychology Track A or Biopsychology Track B



How to Apply


To apply for admission to Messiah College, simply call and request an application at 1-800-233-4220 or apply online! Open House dates and major-specific events are scheduled throughout the year. Students may arrange for a variety of visit options to suit their interests and schedule.





Contact Dr. John Bechtold; Department Chair
(717) 796-1800, ext. 7023


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