Biopsychology degree programs are administered under Psychology or Liberal Arts departments at some accredited colleges and universities. The programs combine the study of behavioral science and biology to get a better understanding of human behavior and thought processes. Evolutionary theory is another component of the college and university programs. Core courses you may be required to take to graduate with undergraduate and graduate degrees include Behavioral Neuroscience, Learning and Memory, Motivation and Emotion and Neuropsychology. Other core courses include Stress Reactions, Hormones and Behavior, Biological Rhythms and Psycho-Pharmacology. Many accredited colleges and universities offer both classroom and distance learning Biopsychology degree programs.
An understanding of how environmental, genetics and evolutionary theories impact human behavior and/or the practice of psychology are skills you can gain when you enroll in and complete Biopsychology degree programs. Knowledge about how the brain impacts behavior and research capabilities, including abilities to compare findings from studying animals to psychological factors in humans, are other skills you can get when you take Biopsychology courses. As you start working and practicing what you learn in school, you can also gain improved communications, conflict resolution, critical thinking, reasoning and decision making skills. These and other skills can help you to land jobs as a psychologist, counselor, minister, educator or science technician.
Undergraduate and graduate degrees can be earned in Biopsychology. For example, you can earn Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Biopsychology, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Psychology or a Master of Arts in Clinical Social Work with a concentration in Biopsychology degrees. You can also major or minor in Biopsychology and earn degrees like a Doctorate of Arts in Biopsychology, Doctorate of Education with concentration in Counseling Psychology, Doctorate of Psychology with an emphasis in Biopsychology.
Employers you can work for after you get Biopsychology degrees from accredited colleges and universities include agricultural firms, government agencies, hospitals, clinics, private physicians, military branches, schools and laboratories. If you minor in courses like pharmacology, you can also get jobs working for corporate pharmaceutical firms. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) jobs for psychologists are expected to grow by 12 percent from 2008 through 2018. Mental health facilities, hospitals, schools and substance abuse treatment centers are expected to be some of the top employers of psychologists over the decade. Furthermore, the median annual salary clinical psychologists earned was $64,140 as of May 2008.