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Biopsychology seeks to understand human and animal behavior through a biological lens, whether examining physiology, anatomy, sociality or ecology.  Students design a flexible course of study to support their unique interests and emerge from the program ready to conduct innovative science in an interdisciplinary world.

About the Biopsychology Area of Concentration

Our faculty and students bring a wide range of theoretical and methodological tools to bear in uncovering what makes humans and other animals tick. Projects range from studying the sensory biology of fishes in Sarasota Bay or the behavior of clawed vs declawed cats at a shelter, to using advanced functional neuroimaging to examine the mechanisms of complex human thought. Students learn how to conceive, organize, conduct, and report real research projects. They also put together a toolkit of transferable skills, including critical thinking and information literacy, that will serve them well in graduate school, research jobs, and beyond.

The program emphasizes relationships outside the college, and students complete internships, serve as laboratory assistants, and work with veterinarians and other professionals in the community. Our students go on to graduate school, veterinary and medical school, public and private research positions, zoo and aquarium work, and conservation positions. Biopsychology is an excellent stepping stone for passionate young people who want to work on real world problems and make a real, measurable difference in the lives of humans and other animals.

Recent Courses

  • Animal Processes Laboratory: Goldfish Learning and Cognition
  • The Art of Presenting Psychological Sciences
  • Behavioral Endocrinology
  • Biopsychology of Sex, Gender and Sexual Behavior
  • Drugs and Behavior
  • fNIRS Neuroimaging
  • Introduction to Animal Well Being
  • Introductory Psychology Seminar: The Embodied Mind
  • Laboratory in Comparative Brain Connectivity
  • Neuroscience of Sport and Exercise

Career Pathways

  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Research
  • Psychology
  • Medicine
  • Animal Behavior Specialists
  • Neuroscientists
  • Industrial or Governmental Researcher

Contact Us

Kathleen Casto

Assistant Professor of Psychology
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Bon Seigneur Residence 010
Social Science 102
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Biopsychology Faculty

Kathleen Casto Assistant Professor of Psychology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Neuroscience Biopsychology Psychology
Peter Cook Assistant Professor of Psychology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Biopsychology Environmental Studies Neuroscience Psychology
Heidi Harley Professor of Psychology/ Peg Scripps Buzzelli Chair
Director Environmental Studies Program
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Environmental Studies Biopsychology Psychology
Elizabeth C. Leininger Associate Professor of Biology
SET SAIL program Director
Office / Division / Concentration Natural Sciences Division Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center Neuroscience Biology Biopsychology