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2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biopsychology, B.S. (Interdisciplinary)

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This interdisciplinary program in the Department of Positive Human Development and Social Change at Life University immerses students in the complex interdependencies between “mind” and “body.” Students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology gain knowledge of fundamental biopsychological concepts regarding bases of behavior, emotion, cognition and their relation to overall wellbeing. Future professions for graduates frequently involve applying this knowledge of physiology and psychology to issues of health promotion, motivation, stress, illness, drug use and abuse and more. Students are also prepared to take on graduate work in fields such as Chiropractic, medicine, nursing, dentistry, psychology or neuroscience.


The educational goals of the Biopsychology program are as follows:

  1. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in biology, chemistry and psychology;
  2. Students will understand and apply basic research methods in biology, chemistry and psychology including research design, data analysis and interpretation;
  3. Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, and skeptical inquiry;
  4. Students will be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats;
  5. Students will develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental process;
  6. Students will emerge from the major with realistic ideas about how to implement their psychological knowledge, skills and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of positions and settings, especially leadership positions and entrepreneurial settings;
  7. Students will demonstrate an understanding concerning the “vitalistic,” as opposed to the mechanistic, perspective on human functioning in which the mind, body, and spirit operate dynamically to create quality of health and wellbeing; and
  8. Students will demonstrate an understanding of personal integrity and how to manage it effectively to promote excellence in the personal and professional realm.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Biopsychology Curriculum (Interdisciplinary) Degree Requirements

Students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology degree must complete a minimum total of 188 Quarter Credit hours of instruction.

Core Curriculum Offerings

Area I: Communications & Humanities 20 Quarter Credit Hours
Area II: Science, Mathematics and Computers 25 Quarter Credit Hours
Area III: Social Sciences 20 Quarter Credit Hours

Total: 65 Quarter Credit Hours

Bachelor of Science Offerings

Area IV: Natural Science Core 50 Quarter Credit Hours
Area V: Applied Psychology Requirements 35 Quarter Credit Hours
Area VI: Biopsychology Electives 25 Quarter Credit Hours
Area VII: Free Electives 13 Quarter Credit Hours

Total: 123 Quarter Credit Hours

Total Bachelor of Science Requirements: 188 Quarter Credit Hours

Areas I, II, III

Core Curriculum Offerings   

Biopsychology students must take ENG 121 in Area I B, MAT 101 in Area II A and BIO 111, BIO 112 and CHM 111 in Area II B. A grade of “C” or better is required for the above courses.

Area VII: General Electives

13 Quarter Credit hours

  • Any undergraduate course, 100 level or above, not used previously

Additional Completion Requirements

  1. Completion of at least four years of prescribed study, of which a student must earn a minimum of at least 25% of coursework in residence at Life University, with at least 25 hours of biopsychology courses in residency.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all Biology and Psychology courses with a minimum grade of C.
  3. Satisfactory completion of all courses with a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  4. A recommendation for graduation and completion of an exit interview with General Education faculty.
  5. File a petition to graduate.
  6. Administrative and student reviews of records
    1. Registrar Office – Complete a formal academic records review
    2. Financial Aid Office – Exit interviews with a Counselor
    3. Student Accounting – “Perkins” Exit interview and rectify account balance
  7. Confirm CLP 090, FYE 101  and FYE 103  completion status requirements.

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