Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) will be offered by the Department of Psychology at Villanova University beginning in Fall 2014. Because the CBN program is a four-year major, freshman will enter Villanova as declared CBN majors.  Interested students who have already entered Villanova may appeal directly to the Department of Psychology for special admission into the major.

Completion of the Major
The CBN major requires 12 courses (37-41 credits, depending on the elective courses taken).  In addition, majors complete a general science requirement consisting of 7 courses (27 credits). 

Required Courses

CBN students must complete the following eight courses.

  • Methodology
    • PSY 2000 [currently PSY 4000][1] – Statistics (3 credits)
    • PSY 2050 [currently PSY 4050] – Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Required content courses
    • PSY 4200 – Biopsychology Psychology (3 credits)
    • PSY 4500 – Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)
    • CBN 4000 – Cellular & Behavioral Neuroscience  (3 credits)
    • CBN 4100 – Cognitive Neuroscience (3 credits)
    • CBN 5000 – Advanced Laboratory in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience (3 credits; Capstone Course)
    • BIO 3351 – Genetics (4 credits)

Elective Courses

CBN students are required to take four elective courses. Although the electives are organized into four categories, there is no requirement to use this organization when selecting electives. Students can choose to concentrate in a particular area by taking electives from one category or they can sample broadly across any or all categories.

  • Category 1 – Research
    • CBN 5900 -- Independent Research (3 credits)
  • Category 2 -- Behavioral/Psychological Science
    • PSY 3200 [currently PSY 2200] – Human Development (3 credits)
    • PSY 3300 [currently PSY 2300] – Perception (3 credits)
    • PSY 3500 [currently PSY 2500] – Personality (3 credits)
    • PSY 3600 [currently PSY 2600] -- Social Psychology (3 credits)
    • PSY 3700 [currently PSY 5500] – Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
    • PSY 3800 [currently PSY 5400] – Clinical Psychology (3 credits)
    • PSY 2900 [currently PSY 3000] – Special Topics (if approved) (3 credits)
    • PSY 4600 [currently PSY 5100] -- Animal Learning & Cognition (3 credits)
    • BIO 3011 – Animal Behavior (3 credits)
  • Category 3 -- Biological/Life Science
    • BIO 4205 – Cell Biology (4 credits)  (prerequisites -- CHM 2211/2201 & CHM 2212/2202: Organic Chemistry I & II/Labs)
    • BIO 4251 – Comparative Endocrinology (3 credits; BIO 4252, 1-credit lab is optional)  (prerequisite --  BIO 3055: Animal Physiology)
    • BIO 4305 – Evolution (4 credits)
    • BIO 4505 – Molecular Biology (4 credits)  (prerequisite – CHM 2212: Organic Chemistry II)
    • BIO 4606 – Neurobiology (4 credits)  (prerequisite – BIO 3055: Animal Physiology)
    • CHM 4611 – Survey of Biochemistry (3 credits; CHM 4601, 1-credit lab is optional)  (prerequisite – CHM 2212: Organic Chemistry II)
  • Category 4 -- Cognitive Science
    • CSC 4500 – Artificial Intelligence (3 credits)  (prerequisite – CSC 2053: Algorithms & Data Structures III)
    • CSC 4510 – Machine Learning (3 credits)  (prerequisites – CSC 1051: Algorithms & Data Structures I)
    • PHI 4610 – Philosophy of Mind (3 credits)
    • CGS 5900 – Cognitive Science Seminar (3 credits)

General Science Requirements

CBN students must complete the following seven courses and labs.

o   General Biology I & II - BIO 2105 & BIO 2106 (Total of 8 credits.)

o   General Chemistry I & II/Lab- CHM 1151/1103 & CHM 1152/1104 (Total of 10 credits.)

o   General Psychology – PSY 1000 (Total of 3 credits.)

Mathematics – MAT 1310 & Mat 1315 (Calculus for the Life Sciences) (Total of 6 credits.)

Course Numbering

[1] The course numbers used in this information page correspond to the numbering system for psychology courses that will be used beginning with the 2014-2015 University Catalog.  If the number for a course is different from the course number found in earlier University Catalogs, the old course number is presented in brackets.