Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology

Physiological psychology and psychobiology help us understand how the biological functions of the body and the psychological functions of the mind work together. Similar to the fields of neurobiology and neuroscience, the physiological psychology/psychobiology major focuses on perception. Curriculum for those majoring in physiological psychology/psychobiology is built on the science of psychological functioning. Instruction generally centers on functional neuroanatomy, biochemical neural regulatory mechanism, neural system development, neurological biophysics, physiology of cognition and perception, memory storage and retrieval, psychopharmacology, comparative psychobiology, and physiological bases of psychopathology and behavioral disorders. Classes will take place both in a typical lecture format and in the field. Those interested in becoming physiological psychologists/psychobiologists generally earn a bachelor's degree in general psychology, which provides a solid foundation for further study. To be a successful physiological psychologist/psychobiologist, students continue their studies at the graduate level, earning either a master's degree or Ph.D. Career opportunities exist in a number of areas for individuals holding a degree in physiological psychology/psychobiology. Educational institutions, health care facilities, community organizations, learning centers, and research centers offer a wealth of opportunities.

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University of California-Los Angeles

The University of California in Los Angeles, better known as UCLA, is one of 10 campuses in the UC system. With 109 academic departments and more than 125 majors offered, as well as an average of one billion dollars funded for research every year and...

“…UCLA offers a great balance between being a challenging school and not being impossible. The classes are tough, and the quarter system makes it absolutely essential to stay on top of things. Classes last only ten weeks, so a missed lecture or a...” – Liz

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Founded in 1817, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is the state’s oldest university. U of M has very high research activity and is a often referred to as a Public Ivy. The university at Ann Arbor offers upwards of 260 degrees for undergraduates,...

“…Didn't know I could learn as much as I did this past year. The school had so much to offer for my program and I couldn't have picked a better school. ” – Gabriella from Sandy Spring, MD

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

The University of Washington is a selective institution located in Seattle, WA, with two satellite campuses in Bothell and Tacoma. At this Public Ivy, sustainability is a major focus and the school has made The Princeton Review Green College Honor...

“…I have learned more at this University than any of my past educational institutions. There is so much information and knowledge condensed into each class, it's sometimes mind blowing. Every class seems interesting, so you'll never be left without...” – Laura from Seattle, WA

Pace University-New York

Originally founded as a one room accounting school, Pace University is a 4-year research institution in Manhattan. Pace is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 65 academic majors. In addition, the Manhattan campus...

“…Pace University has an amazing staff. Professors are dedicated to helping students during class and outside of the classroom setting. The class size is just right to be able to learn and focus. ” – Nichole from Brooklyn, NY

Florida Atlantic University

With campus a short distance from the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Atlantic University is a 4-year public university in southeast Florida. FAU houses 10 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 170 fields of study. In addition to...

“…The teachers are really good. They really care about there students and want them to do well. They have tons of resources around campus to help out the students.” – Alexandria from Jacksonville, FL

University of California-Santa Barbara

University of California in Santa Barbara is a leading research institution in the city and state of the same name. UCSB is a member of the Association of American Universities, home to the National Center for Ecological Analysis, as well as an...

“…ucsb is a beautiful research-oriented university located right next to the beach. although it has a "party reputation," this is merely a stereotype that possesses little basis (although people are a lot more well-balanced here... cough cough...” – jack from agoura hills, ca

University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut is a public research university that houses 14 schools and colleges, and more than 100 undergraduate majors. Centered around Horsebarn Hill, the university features a floriculture greenhouse, animal barns, and Dairy Bar,...

“…Great school. Good education for a good price. Lots of school spirit, and a generally good atmosphere. ” – Abigail from Cheshire, CT

Wesleyan University

Founded in 1831 by a group of local citizens and Methodist leaders, Wesleyan University is a liberal arts institution in central Connecticut. Wesleyan confers bachelor’s degrees in 45 academic majors. For students interested in the fine and...

“…Wesleyan is all-in-all a great university. It is small enough so that students have the opportunity to really connect with their professors and each other, yet large enough that you always have the opportunity to meet someone new, which is great...” – Rilwan from Middletown, CT

University of California-Santa Cruz

Founded in 1965, the University of California-Santa Cruz is a public institution and part of the University of California System. UCSC offers undergraduate degrees in 65 academic majors within departments of Arts, Humanities, Physical Sciences,...

“…UC Santa Cruz is a beautiful oasis. The views, environment, and opportunities are open to everyone. The teachers are just as inspiring as the classroom locations, because they are brilliant in their area of study and eager to help their students...” – chappy student

Quinnipiac University

A private university, Quinnipiac University is comprised of three regional campuses in Connecticut that feature the College of Arts and Sciences and eight professional schools. Quinnipiac puts extra emphasis on professions and career-readiness,...

“…as i reflect on my first year at quinnipiac, my main thoughts are about the careers in the health field that i have been exposed to. this university is highly ranked for their health sciences programs and i understand why; faculty work strongly with...” – gabrielle from danbury, ct

University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus

The University of Colorado Denver operates the health sciences-related schools of the Anschutz Medical Campus and is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountains. The Anschutz Medical Campus is comprised of a school for medicine,...

“…Many of the professors recognize and target subject matter that was (or is) under-taught in high school. As a result, I learned biology with new eyes and discovered a passion for it that I didn't know was possible because of a poor high school...” – Catherine from Parker, CO

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore College is a private liberal arts institution in Pennsylvania that was founded in 1864. The college was founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and its "most selective" admissions process is also need-blind. The 425-acre...

“…Swarthmore is challenging, beautiful, and has a very suburban liberal feel. The students are really all individuals, and it seems like you could find any type of person on campus. I feel like as long as you're dedicated and passionate about something...” – High School Senior from Swarthmore

Utica College

Utica College is a 4-year private institution founded in 1946 and located in central New York, in the town of the same name. Utica offers 38 undergraduate majors on its 128-acre campus along with 31 minors and 21 graduate programs. UC students can...

“…Very big campus with a lot of resources available to you. So many student organizations, it's pretty easy to join one and very rewarding. The shuttles let you access the mall and the shopping center so you may get whatever you need without...” – Charity from Indianapolis, IN

Colby College

Founded in 1813, Colby College is a 4-year institution in Waterville, Maine, that serves only undergraduates. The test-optional school promises to meet 100% of demonstrated need through the Colby Commitment so that “the most talented students from...

“…colby perfectly encompasses the liberal arts with plenty of research and internship opportunities. the campus, people, and staff/faculty are all truly beautiful on the inside and out. people are constantly looking out for you, while still keeping a...” – Bridget from Eliot, ME

Lincoln University (PA)
Lincoln University, PA
Lincoln University (PA)

Lincoln University is a public, historically black institution established in Oxford, Pennsylvania, with a satellite location in Philadelphia. The 422-acre main campus is home to over 50 buildings built as early as 1899. The college offers nearly 40...

“…There is more to Lincoln than meets the eye. It's one of those school's you would have to attend to understand what we do here. It may start off slow, but you have to get involved to really know what it is to be apart of that Lincoln Pride!” – Keyarnna from Washington, DC

Fayetteville State University

Founded in 1867, Fayetteville State University is a 4-year public school in central North Carolina and an Historically Black College and University. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the University of North Carolina System, FSU...

“…A great place for a wholesome education at a HBCU. Small yet vast college campus for getting around. Simple yet easy place to meet new people.” – Blutruth

Binghamton University

Binghamton University is a 4-year research institution located on a 930-acre campus in New York state and is ranked #32 in Top Public Schools by US News & World Report. The university’s six schools offer 130 academic programs that provide research...

“…The workload at Binghamton can get a bit intense sometimes, with all nighters at the library, but there is a great, recently remodeled cafe for those all nighters. It all depends on the class you take that influences the work load. Some can be a lot...” – Rebecca from Morganville, NJ

Centre College

Founded by leaders of the Presbyterian Church, Centre College is a 4-year liberal arts college in central Kentucky. Centre confers bachelor’s degrees in over 50 fields of study and also allows students to create their own majors in consultation with...

“…Centre has fantastic professors who really know their field, and are passionate about teaching it. Classes are difficult, with a lot of work, but fun. The professors like doing different things. I've had professors take us on field trips, hold...” – Chelsea from Chicago, IL

Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University is a state-funded institution based in the rural town of Maryville, Missouri. The tree-filled campus is designated as the official Missouri State Arboretum. Business, elementary education, and communications are...

“…I really have learned a lot in my first semester here. Of course I have learned information from my classes, but I also learned things about myself. I learned that you should room with someone you know because it can turn out to ruin your friendship....” – Whitney from Kansas City, MO

Founded in 1859, Averett University is a private 4-year institution situated in Danville, Virginia. Averett University is affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia but welcomes students of all faith, or non-faith, backgrounds. Top...

“…the small classes offer a more personal level with the professors making easier to pay attention” – Joey from Richmond, VA

Simmons University

Simmons University is a private, liberal arts university located in Boston, Massachusetts. Simmons offers a women’s undergraduate education in 60+ majors and programs, as well as four graduate schools for its co-ed graduate population. The university...

“…A strange fishbowl bubble of alternate culture, mostly students from Massachusetts and New England, seriously I'm one of about five students in my class from west of the Rockies. Very warm and friendly, just large enough to find a nice close circle...” – Colette from Portland, OR

Albright College

Founded in 1856, Albright College is a 4-year liberal arts college in eastern Pennsylvania and the oldest institution of higher learning in its home county. Albright confers bachelor’s degrees in over 45 academic majors and also features an...

“…All of the professors are extremely helpful and they really want you to succeed which is great. Many of the tests have reviews beforehand that tell you exactly what is on each test and most of the time there are no tricks when the actual test comes...” – Meghan from Bowmansville, PA

Southern Adventist University

Founded in 1892, Southern Adventist University is an evangelical Christian college in south Tennessee affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The first Adventist school in the south, Southern confers undergraduate degrees in 64 majors. As a...

“…a great school that offers lots of opportunities for recreation, leisure, and learning services. most staff are very supportive and want the best for you. there are lots of planned activities offered by the school.” – Che-lei from Bermuda

Colorado Christian University

Originally founded in 1914 as the Denver Bible Institute, Colorado Christian University is a 4-year interdenominational Christian college in the Denver area. CCU confers bachelor’s degrees in 30 academic majors and 37 minors. As a Christian...

“…I absolutely love CCU. Here, it's not just a college, it's a community. Applying and attending CCU was the best decision I have ever made.” – Esther from Spring, TX

Lebanon Valley College

Lebanon Valley College is a private school based in Annville, Pennsylvania, affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school offers multiple accelerated undergrad/master’s programs that allow students to earn dual degrees in 4-6 years. LVS...

“…a place where the student comes first. whether you are into music, science, sports, etc., lebanon valley college is a place where you can find exactly what you are good at and what interests you the most. their main concern is the what is best for...” – Mary from Landisburg, PA

Holy Names University

Founded in 1868 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Holy Names University is a 4-year Catholic school in Oakland. Holy Names grants undergraduate degrees in 15 academic programs. As a Catholic university, Holy Names celebrates mass on...

“…My professors know me by name and they make sure to be available when needed.” – Janisa from Los Angeles, CA

La Sierra University

La Sierra University is a private nonprofit liberal arts college based in Riverside, California. It is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. LSU is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and its campus is a designated...

“…A well rounded school developed around the church. It has many resources, and keeps students in high regard. The faculty is friendly and helpful.” – Kelian from Colton, CA

Saint Mary's College of California

Founded by the local archbishop, Saint Mary’s College of California is a Catholic liberal arts college in the Bay Area administered by the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Saint Mary’s is home to schools of Economics, Liberal Arts, and Science...

“…Perfect class sizes and teachers. Great sports teams. Fabulous Bay Area location. ” – A Happy Student

Lindsey Wilson College

Lindsey Wilson College is a private not-for-profit college based in the rural town of Columbia, Kentucky, affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Lindsey Wilson established the R.V. Bennett Honors Program to provide more challenge for students...

“…The classes are small sized, so professors really get to know you and make an effort to help you in every aspect of your learning. There are multiple on-campus resources to help you, including an Academic Success Center, Writing Center, and multiple...” – Natalie from Lancaster, KY

Teachers College at Columbia University

Teachers College at Columbia University is a private, graduate institution established in New York City. Despite the college’s name, academics at TC are focused primarily on the fields of health, psychology, and education. Students attending the...