Behavioral neuroscience, which is the application of the principles of biology to the study of physiological, genetic and developmental mechanisms of behavior in humans and animals, serves as the foundation of the brain and behavioral sciences major. The major also incorporates traditional areas of cognitive psychology (memory, thinking and reasoning), learning and motivation, statistics, and mathematical models of behavior in humans and animals. You will be prepared to work within all areas of psychology as well as multiple areas of business, healthcare and social services. The brain and behavioral sciences major is designed for students interested in the more science- or math-focused applications of psychology. This major also offers excellent preparation for graduate and professional school.

Career Opportunities

  • Human resources manager
  • Corrections officer
  • Community service manager
  • Health educator
  • Human factors specialist
  • Management analyst
  • Market research analyst
  • Victim advocate
  • Applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapist
  • Search engine evaluator
  • Mental health technician
  • Account executive
  • Research analyst

Potential Areas of Advanced Study

Learning Experiences

View Complete List of Courses Degree Requirements
Ready to Apply?Request InformationVisit

“I chose to attend Purdue because I understood that graduating from the University would open doors of opportunity for me that I may not be able to obtain elsewhere.”

— George

Other Psychological Sciences Majors