Contact Information


Name: John Pierce Jr, PhD
Position: Director & Professor, Biopsychology & Psychology Programs
Telephone: 215-951-6812


Telephone: 215-951-2800

The biopsychology curriculum consists of 13 core courses that all biopsychology majors must take and seven additional psychology/science courses depending upon specialization track. All biopsychology majors take Biology I (BIOL-103) and Chemistry I (CHEM-103) to complete the General Studies requirements for Science.

Total Credits: 123-134

Courses shown in bold are part of the
Biopsychology Core curriculum

Year 1

  • Biology I Lecture and Lab (Fall)
  • Writing Seminar I: Written Communication
  • Debating U.S. Issues
  • Scientific Understanding I
  • Quantitative Reasoning I
  • Quantitative Reasoning II or Free Elective
  • Biology II Lecture and Lab (Spring)
  • Introduction to Psychology (Fall)
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology

Year 2

  • Ethics
  • Global Diversity
  • Writing Seminar II: Multimedia Communication
  • American Diversity
  • Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (Fall)
  • Chemistry II Lecture and Lab (Spring)
  • Abnormal Psychology (Fall)
  • 2 Psychology Concentration Courses (6-8 credits)
  • Biological Basis of Behavior Core
    • PSYC240, PSYC241, PSYC242)

Year 3

  • Global Citizenship
  • Debating Global Issues
  • Integrative Seminar
  • Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture and Lab
  • Statistics for Behavioral Sciences (Fall)
  • Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences (Spring)
  • Biological Basis of Behavior Core (PSYC240, PSYC241, PSYC242)
  • 2 Psychology Concentration Courses (6-8 credits)
  • Minor Course (3-4 credits)


  • Free Elective (3-4 credits)

Year 4

  • Capstone Folio Workshop
  • Advanced Research in Psychology (Fall)
  • Senior Colloquium in Psychology (Spring)
  • Biological Basis of Behavior Core
    • PSYC240, PSYC241, PSYC242
  • 3 Psychology Distribution Electives (9-12 credits)


  • 3 Free Electives (9-12 credits)

Concentration Options

Students take seven courses to complete their concentration option. Currently, there are three concentration options available in Biopsychology:

Pre-Med Specialization (24-28 Credits)

Students must take Calculus I (Math-111) and Calculus II (Math-112) to satisfy Math Requirements.

  • Organic Chemistry I (CHEM201)
  • Organic Chemistry I (CHEM202)

Animal Behavior (23-27 Credits)

  • Principles of Genetics (BIOL207)
  • Biodiversity (ECBIO201)
  • Ecology (ECBIO301)
  • 4 additional courses from advanced biology or psychology courses
    (See advisor for approval)

Graduate Studies (21-24 Credits)

  • Seven advanced biology or psychology courses
    (At least three from each discipline: See advisor for approval.)