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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State University Park

Biobehavioral Health

University Park, College of Health and Human Development (BB H)
University College: Penn State Greater Allegheny, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Penn State New Kensington
World Campus

PROFESSOR THOMAS J. GOULD, Head of the Department

This major provides interdisciplinary training designed to integrate biological, behavioral, and social science approaches to the study of human health and illness. Emphasis is placed on the study of physical health. The goal of this major is to help students gain working familiarity with multiple perspectives, approaches, and methods needed to address and solve problems of human health and illness. Students may select courses in the supporting courses category that will fulfill requirements for admission to graduate and professional programs. This major helps prepare graduates for entry-level jobs in a range of biomedical and health-related areas, including roles as research assistants, laboratory managers, biomedical product representatives, technical support positions in biomedical and health-related fields. This major also will provide excellent preparation for advanced study in natural and social science disciplines and related professional areas such as epidemiology, public health, environmental health and safety, and human services.

For the B.S. degree in Biobehavioral Health, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. BB H requires students to complete 24 credits for the major through courses taken at University Park, Greter Allegheny, New Kensington and through World Campus. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for this major.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(22 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)



ELECTIVES: 0-1 credits

(This includes 21-22 credits of General Education courses: 3-4 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GHA courses.)

BIOL 110 GN(4) (Sem: 1-3)
BBH 101 GHA(3)[1], BIOL 141 GN(3)[1], NUTR 251 GHA(3), PSYCH 100 GS(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
BBH 310(3)[1], BBH 311(3)[1], BBH 316(3)[1], BBH 411(3)[1], BBH 440 US;IL(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (51-53 credits)
Select 3 credits from: BIOL 133 GN(3) or BIOL 222(3) (Sem: 1-2)

Select 3-4 credits from: BIOL 230W GN(4)[1] or CHEM 101 GN(3)[1] or CHEM 110 GN(3)[1] or MICRB 106 GN(3)[1] (classes used to fulfill this requirement may not be used to fulfill the 12 credits of basic science below) (Sem: 1-4)

Select 3-4 credits from: STAT 200 GQ(4)[1] or STAT 250 GQ(3)[1](Sem: 1-2)

Select 3 credits from: BBH 301W(3), PHIL 110 GH(3), PHIL 132 GH(3), RLST 131 GH(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 12 credits from: CHEM 110 GN (3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1) (Sem: 1-2)
CHEM 202(3) or CHEM 210(3), CHEM 203(3) or CHEM 213(2), CHEM 212(3), MICRB 106 GN(3), MICRB 107 GN(1), PSYCH 260(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ANSC 479(3), ANTH 021 GN(3), ANTH 022 GN(3), ANTH 216 GN;GS(3), BMB 211(3), BIOL 155 GN(3), BIOL 129 GN(4), BIOL 142(1), BIOL 220W GN(4), BIOL 230W GN(4), BIOL 240W GN(4), BIOL 422(3), BIOL 409(3), BIOL 479(3), EARTH 100 GN(3), EARTH 103 GN(3), EGEE 101 GN(3), EGEE 102 GN(3), EMSC 101 US;IL(3), FDSC 404(3), FDSC 405(3), FDSC 406(3), FDSC 407(2), FDSC 408(3), GEOG 110 GN(3), GEOG 314 GN(3), PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4), PSYCH 460(3), PSYCH 461(3), PSYCH 462(3), PSYCH 464(3), PSYCH 470(3), PSYCH 473(3), VBSC 211 GN(3), VBSC 230(3), VBSC 231(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 15 credits from (at least 6 credits must be at the 400 level)[1] : BBH 203(3), BBH 251 US(3), BBH 302 US(3), BBH 305 IL(3), BBH 315 US(3), BBH 324(3), BBH 368(3), BBH 390A(3), BBH 402 IL(3), BBH 407 IL(3), BBH 410(3), BBH 416(3), BBH 417(3), BBH 432(3), BBH 446(3), BBH 451(3), BBH 452 US(3), BBH 458 GS(3), BBH 468(3), BBH 469(3), BBH 470(3), BBH 490(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 9 credits from: CSD 100 GHA;US(3), CSD 101 GHA/US(1.5 ), CSD 146 US;IL(3), CSD 218(3), CSD 230(3), CSD 269 GH;US;IL(3), HPA 057 GHA(3), HPA 101(3), HPA 310(3), HDFS 229 GS(3), HDFS 239 GS(3), HDFS 249 GS(3), HDFS 250 US(3), HDFS 302A(3), HDFS 311(3), HDFS 315 US(3), HDFS 405 US(3), HDFS 416 US(3), HDFS 418(3), HDFS 428(3), HDFS 429(3), HDFS 431(3), HDFS 433(3), HDFS 445(3), HDFS 468(3), KINES 100(3), KINES 101(3), KINES 141 US;IL(3), KINES 165(3), KINES 180(3), KINES 203(3), KINES 304(1), KINES 356(3), KINES 358(1), NUTR 111 GH;US(3), NUTR 358(2), NUTR 360(3), PSYCH 212 GS(3), PSYCH 243 GS(3), PSYCH 270(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 3 credits from: HDFS 129 GS(3), HDFS 229 GS(3), HDFS 239 GS(3), or HDFS 249 GS(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 3 credits in health promotion at 400 level from approved list, in consultation with adviser (Sem: 5-8)
Select 12 credits in University-wide offerings from approved list, in consultation with advisor (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-02-031

Review Date: 10/13/2015

UCA Revision #1: 9/20/06


Dept head updated: 8/24/16


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