Biopsychology at Viterbo

Biopsychology, also known as behavioral neuroscience, is the science devoted to studying the relationships between the brain and behavior. This field of study combines a biological perspective of nervous system structure and function with a psychological perspective of actions, thoughts, and emotions. Biopsychology also studies abnormal conditions that arise from nervous system damage or dysfunction.

Students who major in biopsychology at Viterbo will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to critically evaluate a wide range of human and animal behaviors. Students will learn and test foundational and contemporary theories through critical thinking exercises and laboratory experiments and develop oral and written scientific communication skills by writing lab reports and presenting research findings. Through coursework, internships, and mentored research, the biopsychology major at Viterbo is designed to prepare students for careers and/or graduate study in various sciences and health-related fields.

Apply or plan a visit today to get started on your education and a career in biopsychology.

Program Highlights

  • Courses taught by published professors in biology, psychology, neuroscience, and chemistry
  • Viterbo has more faculty studying aspects of behavior related to biopsychology than most universities of its size
  • Internships available at local organizations including Gundersen Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System, and a variety of mental health institutions and providers
  • Opportunities to conduct mentored research with professors across several fields of study (biology, psychology, neuroscience, chemistry) on a wide range of topics
  • Paid summer undergraduate research program
  • First semester “Science Success” course preparing students for college through career exploration, study strategies, introduction to campus resources, and building networks among students in the natural sciences


Michael Alfieri
Associate Professor, Biology/Assistant Dean, College of Education, Engineering, and Letters and Sciences

 RCE 217

Featured Alumni

"I have always had a passion for learning about the brain and neurodevelopment. The biopsychology major provided a balance between the neurochemistry of the brain and learning about human behavior. This knowledge has proven especially helpful as I pursue a career as a licensed professional counselor. The biopsychology major helped prepare me for my master’s program by expanding my understanding of the neurobiology behind human behavior, which has ultimately helped me better understand the people I serve."

Laquita Becker '13   '15  
Mental Health Counselor

Career Examples

  • Animal behavior research
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Genetic counselor
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Neuroscientist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician assistant
  • Psychiatrist
  • Veterinarian

Graduate Schools/Employers of Alumni

  • Columbia College dance/movement therapy and counseling program
  • Johnson & Wales University physician assistant program
  • Logistics Health Incorporated
  • Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Oklahoma State University zoology program
  • Viterbo University mental health counseling program