Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Other Concentrations

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration

This concentration focuses on studying biological substrates of behavior. Core and affiliated faculty study areas as diverse as neural control of behavioral development; brain systems in substance abuse; animal models of learning and memory and their disorders (such as Alzheimer's); human brain systems involved in cognition, perception, human error, decision making, and movement; the relation of neural activity to human performance; and cognitive aging. A focus of the program is on translational neuroscience-complementary study of neural systems in humans and animals, including application of animal research to human behavior. Prospective students should review each faculty member's webpage for more information.

Accelerated Master's Program

Highly qualified Mason psychology majors may apply to an accelerated master's degree in psychology with a concentration in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience.  This program makes it possible for students to complete two graduate classes during their last 30 credits of their undergraduate degrees. Interested undergraduates should contact the department.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

In addition to satisfying the requirements for all master's degrees, students pursuing a master's degree in psychology must successfully complete 30-46 credits of required course work.  They complete this coursework in one of six concentrations.

A maximum of 6 credits of thesis proposal and thesis research (PSYC 798799) may be applied to the master's degree. A maximum of 9 credits of thesis courses (798, 799), Directed Reading and Research (PSYC 597), and Practicum (PSYC 792) may be applied to the degree. 

◊ Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (CBNR)

The concentration in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience focuses on studying biological substrates of behavior. Core and affiliated faculty study areas as diverse as neural control of behavioral development; brain systems in substance abuse; animal models of learning and memory and their disorders (such as Alzheimer's); human brain systems involved in cognition, perception, human error, decision making, and movement; the relation of neural activity to human performance; and cognitive aging. A focus of the program is on translational neuroscience-complementary study of neural systems in humans and animals, including application of animal research to human behavior.

Two courses (5 credits) of specialized content

PSYC 527 - Introduction to Neurobiology Credits: 2

PSYC 558 - Neuronal Bases of Learning and Memory Credits: 3

One chemistry course (3 credits) chosen from:

PSYC 559 - Behavioral Chemistry Credits: 3

PSYC 592 - Special Topics Credits: 1-6(when topic is Biological Bases of Mental Illness and Drug Abuse)

Two courses (7-8 credits) of quantitative methods

PSYC 611 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4

PSYC 612 - Advanced Statistics Credits: 4 OR PSYC 652 - Quantitative Methods II: Analysis of Variance Credits: 3

Professional seminar (1 credit)

PSYC 890 - Seminar in Professional Psychology Credits: 1-3

Elective courses (at least 9 credits)

Students complete the 32 credits required for the degree through additional credits of course work or research. They can choose from courses below or other courses with the approval of their advisor. Students intending to pursue a doctorate are strongly advised to take PSYC 531.

PSYC 531 - Mammalian Neurobiology Credits: 3

PSYC 552 - Histology/Histochemistry of the Brain Credits: 5

BIOL 583 - General Biochemistry Credits: 4

PSYC 561 - Behavioral Biology of Substance Abuse Credits: 3

PSYC 702 - Biological Bases of Human Behavior Credits: 3

PSYC 704 - Life-Span Development Credits: 3

Thesis (6 credits)

A thesis is normally required, but 6 credits of PSYC 792 - Practicum may serve as a substitute if approved by the advisor and program coordinator.

Students should be aware of the policies governing theses. They must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in PSYC 799, maintain continuous enrollment. See Academic Policies.

PSYC 798 - Thesis Proposal Credits: 1-6

PSYC 799 - Master's Thesis Credits: 1-6(minimum of 3 credits)

Total: 32 credits

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