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Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology

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.

Psychology major biopsychology imageBiopsychology Major

61-63 credits

(credit hours shown in parentheses)

One of the following series of courses:

  1. Molecular and Cellular Biology (4)
    Animal Form and Function (3)
    Plant Form and Function (3)
    Genetics and Development (3)

  2. Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
    Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
    Genetics for Health professions (3)
    Writing for Psychology (1)

Each of the following:

  • Neuroscience (3)
  • General Chemistry I (4)
  • General Chemistry II (4)

One of the following series of courses:

  1. Introduction to Organic Chemistry (4)
    6-8 credits of electives (see below)

  2. Organic Chemistry I (4)
    Organic Chemistry II (4)
    3-4 credits of electives (see below)

Possible electives:

  • Animal Behavior (3)
  • Developmental Biology (3)
  • Microbiology for health Professions (4)
  • Physiology (4)
  • Human Anatomy (4)
  • Cell Biology (4)
  • Immunology (4)

Each of the following:

  • Introduction to Psychology* (3)
  • Introduction to Social Research (3)
  • Life Span Development (3)
  • Biological Basis of Behavior (3)
  • Sensation and Perception (3)
  • Experimental Psychology (3)

One of the following:

  • Statistical Methods in Psychology (3)
  • Introductory Statistics (3)

One of the following:

  • Cognition (3)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3)

One of the following:

  • Capstone: Natural Sciences (3)
  • Psychology Seminar (3)

*Also meets General Education requirement


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