An introduction to the biological bases of behavior. Topics include evolution, genetics, research methods in behavioral neuroscience, motivation and emotion, sensation and perception, learning and memory, lifespan development, cognition, psychological disorders, and other complex behaviors. PSYC 2330 is included in the Psychology Field of Study.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Define and explain the biological foundations of behavior, including theories, history, and research methods.
  • Describe the evolution and development of the nervous system – neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurotransmission, and neuroendocrinology.
  • Identify the structures and function that underlie sensation, perception, and motor control.
  • Identify and discuss the regulation of behavior, including motivation and emotion, sexual behavior, and biological rhythms.
  • Articulate the biological components of learning, memory, and language.
  • Describe the biological underpinnings of age-related changes in cognition and socioemotional functioning over the lifespan.
  • Examine how biological processes impact health and well-being.

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture hours: 48.0



  • Must be TSI Complete for Reading