Why Study Biopsychology at New College?

Combining coursework in biology, neurobiology and psychology, our interdisciplinary Biopsychology AOC is designed for students who are interested in studying whole organisms and learning how behavior, physiology, sensory systems, learning, cognition and communication develop and interact in humans and other animals.

Biopsychology area of concentration

Students who are interested in studying whole organisms often want to learn about many aspects of those organisms including behavior, physiology, sensory systems, learning, cognition, neuroscience, communication, etc. Because these areas of focus occur in both biology and psychology and animal model systems are used by both biologists and psychologists in research, students pursuing this interdisciplinary AOC integrate work across these disciplines.

Common paths for students who graduate in this area include animal training, veterinary school, graduate school in biology or psychology, zoo or aquarium technicians or managers, animal lab technicians, and medical school.


Area of Concentration Requirements

Typically, a student concentrating in Biopsychology emphasizes biology or psychology but takes a significant number of courses in the second discipline.

Core courses include General Biology, Introductory Psychology, Animal Behavior, Cognitive Psychology, Statistics, and Biological Psychology after which students can select among advanced classes in Animal Learning, Comparative Cognition, Sensation and Perception, Neurobiology, Neuroanatomy, Coral Reef Ecology, and more.

All students should also take a lab or methods course that provides them with the skills to work with their thesis sponsor; most students take labs in both disciplines. Labs offered in biology include Animal Behavior, Neurobiology, Invertebrate Zoology, and Neuroanatomy; labs offered in psychology include Comparative Cognition, Introduction to Comparative Cognition, and Animal Behavior Processes. Most students also participate in internships.

Other courses reflect a student’s specific interests and are determined in consultation with the Biopsychology faculty.


Recent Theses

  • An Overview of the Psychology and Biology of Schizophrenia
  • Cognition and Memory in the Goldfish (Carassius auratus): A Study Exploring the Novel Serotonin Anta
  • Optimal Metacontrast Masking of Chromatic Stimuli with and without Luminance Cues
  • Sex and Age-based Differences in the Hunting Behaviors of Schizocosa Spiders (Araneae: Lycosidae)
  • Vocal Productions of Rhythms by the Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
  • Whistle Production Rates in a Group of Male Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Over Changes in Composition


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