Behavioral Biology Major Requirements

(Also see Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.)

The core program of the behavioral biology major provides background and breadth in:

  1. The life sciences (e.g., biology and neuroscience)
  2. The natural sciences (e.g., chemistry and physics) and mathematics (e.g., calculus and statistics)
  3. The social and behavioral sciences (e.g. psychology and anthropology)

The exact courses to be taken are determined by the student in conjunction with the faculty advisor. A grade of C- or better is required for courses fulfilling major requirements and courses may not be taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Hopkins undergraduates may enter the Behavioral Biology Program at any time, provided all requirements can be completed before graduation.

Additional information regarding the Behavioral Biology Program is available through our website at http://krieger.jhu.edu/behavioralbiology. You may also contact our Academic Program Administrator, Linda White, linda.m.white@jhu.edu or 410-516-6196.

Requirements for the behavioral biology major are as follows:

Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics Courses
AS.110.106Calculus I (Biology and Social Sciences)4
or AS.110.108 Calculus I (Physical Sciences & Engineering)
AS.110.107Calculus II (For Biological and Social Science)4
or AS.110.109 Calculus II (For Physical Sciences and Engineering)
or AS.171.113 Subatomic World
AS.030.101
AS.030.105
Introductory Chemistry I
and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I
4
AS.030.102
AS.030.106
Introductory Chemistry II
and Introductory Chemistry Laboratory II
4
or AS.030.103 Applied Chemical Equilibrium and Reactivity w/lab
AS.171.101General Physics: Physical Science Major I4
or AS.171.103 General Physics I for Biological Science Majors
or AS.171.107 General Physics for Physical Sciences Majors (AL)
AS.173.111General Physics Laboratory I1
AS.171.102General Physics: Physical Science Major II4
or AS.171.104 General Physics/Biology Majors II
or AS.171.108 General Physics for Physical Science Majors (AL)
AS.173.112General Physics Laboratory II1
Biology Courses 1
Students must have 2 of the following Biology Options. Students can use any combination of the following:
AS.020.151
AS.020.153
General Biology I
and General Biology Laboratory I
4
AS.020.152
AS.020.154
General Biology II
and General Biology Lab II
4
AS.020.303
AS.020.340
Genetics
and Developmental Genetics Lab
5
AS.020.305
AS.020.315
Biochemistry
and Biochemistry Project lab
5
AS.020.306
AS.020.316
Cell Biology
and Cell Biology Lab
5
AS.020.374
AS.020.377
Comparative Animal Physiology
and Comparative Physiology Lab
4
Introductory Statistics
EN.553.211Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences4
EN.553.311Probability and Statistics for the Biological Sciences and Engineering4
or EN.553.310 Probability & Statistics for the Physical Sciences & Engineering
EN.553.111
EN.553.112
Statistical Analysis I
and Statistical Analysis II
8
Behavioral Biology Core Courses (Offered "F" = Fall, "S" = Spring)
AS.200.141Foundations of Brain, Behavior and Cognition (F & S)3
AS.290.101Human Origins (S)3
AS.200.208Animal Behavior (F)3
AS.080.250Neuroscience Laboratory (F & S)3
Behavioral Biology Elective Courses 2
Three courses (3 credits each) designated "biobehavioral (BEHB-BIOBEH)9
Two courses (3 credits each) designated "social science" (BEHB-SOCSCI)6
AS.290.490Senior Seminar: Behavioral Biology1
Behavioral Biology Research/Internship Courses
Three credits (one semester) of Research, Internship or Intersession Galapagos trip3
AS.290.500Connections in Behavioral Biology.50
Total Credits100.5

Sample Program 

This is only one of many possible course sequences that students may elect to follow. 

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
AS.200.1413AS.290.1013
AS.110.1064AS.110.1074
AS.030.1013AS.030.1023
AS.030.1051AS.030.1061
 11 11
Second Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
AS.200.2083Biology Option 23-4
Biology Option 13-4Biology Lab Option 21-3
Biology Lab Option 11-2BB Elective (BEHB-SOCSCI)3
EN.553.2114 
 11-13 7-10
Third Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
AS.080.25033AS.171.1044
AS.171.1034AS.173.1121
AS.173.1111BB Elective (BEHB-SOCSCI) 3
BB Elective (BEHB-BIOBEH)3 
Research or Internship3 
AS.290.500.50 
 14.5 8
Fourth Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
AS.290.49041BB Elective (BEHB-BIOBEH)3
BB Elective (BEHB-BIOBEH)3 
 4 3
Total Credits 69.5-74.5

Honors in Behavioral Biology

Students receive recognition at graduation and notation on their JHU transcripts.

Requirements:

  • Cumulative and Major GPA of at least 3.5
  • Two semesters of research (6 credits).
  • Presentation of research findings at the Undergraduate Research Symposium (Fall semester) or DREAMS (Spring semester).
  • A letter of recommendation from the research mentor attesting to the student’s significant contribution to the research process.

During the semester prior to graduation, students must submit verification of their research presentation, along with their research mentor’s letter of recommendation, to Linda M. White, the Behavioral Biology Program Administrator in 434 Dunning Hall by 4PM on the assigned day.