2021-2022 Catalog


*Effective Fall 2021,  HNU will not be accepting any new students into this program.

Psychobiology at Holy Names University is an interdisciplinary program focused on the study of the relationships between physiological processes and behavior in human beings and other animal species. Psychobiology majors take coursework within the areas of psychology and biology and are typically prepared for a variety of careers including those involving laboratory research and field work. The major prepares students for graduate studies in physiological psychology, animal behavior, and neuroscience. It is also suitable as a preparation for teaching, counseling, and health science fields including medicine.

To accommodate the interests of different students, the psychobiology program offers two tracks: a Bachelor of Arts degree for students planning on graduate study in psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree for students with an interest in biological research or medicine. Students who wish to major in psychobiology must first complete the appropriate preparatory courses with a grade of C- or higher. As part of the major, students take courses dealing with human and animal neurophysiology and human cognition. In their senior year, all majors (1) take a capstone course in which they write a comprehensive paper or (2) write a senior thesis, involving an original piece of research, under faculty supervision.

Prerequisites and Entry into the Program in Psychobiology

Faculty advisors confer with each entering student to determine an appropriate course of study based on the student’s preparation and objectives. The University offers both the Bachelor or Arts and the Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology. Formal acceptance into these degree programs is made upon the completion of the prerequisites for the major.

Though both degrees prepare students for careers in various fields of biology and psychology, the Bachelor of Science degree program should be pursued by students desiring careers in research, college teaching, or health sciences that require graduate school, additional professional school preparation, or specialized training at the postgraduate level. Students interested in certain graduate programs may need to complete courses specified by these programs which are in additional to their undergraduate required courses.

See Psychology, Biological Sciences, and Chemistry for course listings.