219 Biobehavioral Health Building, 814-863-7256, Fax: 814-863-7525

Dr. Tom Gould, Head of the Department, 219 BBH Building, 814-863-7256,

Dr. Sonia Cavigelli, Professor-In-Charge, Undergraduate Programs, 219 BBH Building, 814-863-0210,

Dr. Elizabeth Lasher, Internship Coordinator, 219 BBH Building, 814-865-0654,

Dr. Michele Stine, Teaching Associate Professor and Academic Adviser, 124 BBH Building, 814-863-7256,

Kerri Lai, Academic Adviser, 121 BBH Building, 814-863-7256,

Rebecca Reitz, Academic Adviser, 122 BBH Building, 814-863-7256,

Staci Schreiber, Academic Adviser, 123 BBH Building, 814-863-7256,

Angela Hall, Undergraduate Program Staff Assistant, 219A BBH Building, 814-863-7256,

For the most current information about the program visit the BBH Undergraduate Home Page at

University Faculty Senate Approved Curriculum
Recommended Academic Plan(s)
Semester-by-semester academic plans recommend in table form the courses students might schedule each semester as they pursue a particular degree. These tables serve several University purposes and assist multiple constituencies: students, advisers, departments, deans, registrars, admissions officers, and family members. The plans:
  • Identify normal academic progress, course offerings, and recommended course sequencing;
  • Assist students and advisers in planning academic schedules, registrars and departments in planning course offerings, and registrars and deans in determining when students should change campus;
  • Help students to anticipate the academic workload and courses needed to earn a degree, and to schedule appropriate prerequisites;
  • Serve as tools to help advisers learn the curriculum.

Semester scheduling recommendations for all baccalaureate majors can also be found in the University Bulletin.

Degree Audit
BBH Degree Audit

The Biobehavioral Health program is a bachelor of science (B.S.) program.

With classes in chemistry, biology, physiology, and genetics, you will have the opportunity to understand the science behind health. In the program, you will focus on the study of physical health. The goal of Biobehavioral Health is to help you address and solve problems of human health and illness.

The program is designed to help you prepare for entry-level jobs in a range of biomedical and health-related areas. If you are interested in a career in research, laboratory management, biomedical products, technical support positions in biomedical and health-related fields.

This major also will provide excellent preparation for advanced study in areas such as medicine, public health, environmental health and safety, and human services.

Biobehavioral Health (BBH) Program Information

Programs in the Department of Biobehavioral Health help you prepare to look at health issues in an integrated way, by taking into account the many different factors—biological, behavioral, social, cultural, and environmental—that influence health throughout the life span.

The program has a great deal of flexibility and allows you to tailor your degree to meet your career goals. It is also can lay an excellent groundwork for graduate school, including medical school.

Upon the completion of the undergraduate program in Biobehavioral Health, you will be able to:

  • Describe and understand the fundamental biological, behavioral, social, cultural and environmental processes that influence health and disease.
  • Explain how the fundamental processes underlying health and disease can interact to produce individual differences in health, and health disparities among groups.
  • Critically evaluate current empirical research on health and disease, explaining implications and limitations to the lay public.
  • Understand and apply ethical principles in the conduct of research and professional practice and in the analyses in implementations of health-related policies and programs
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion/disease prevention programs for diverse populations.

Supporting Courses

Basic Science

CHEM 110, CHEM 111, CHEM 112, CHEM 113, CHEM 202 or CHEM 210, CHEM 203 or CHEM 213, CHEM 212, MICRB 106, MICRB 107, PSYCH 260, AN SC 479, ANTH 21, ANTH 22, ANTH 216, BMB 211, BIOL 155, BIOL 129, BIOL 142, BIOL 220W, BIOL 230W, BIOL 240W, BIOL 422, BIOL 409, BIOL 479, EARTH 100, EARTH 103, EGEE 101, EGEE 102, EMSC 101, FDSC 404, FDSC 405, FDSC 406, FDSC 407, FDSC 408, GEOG 110, GEOG 314, PHYS 250, PHYS 251, PSYCH 460, PSYCH 461, PSYCH 462, PSYCH 464, PSYCH 470, PSYCH 473, VBSC 211, VBSC 230, VBSC 231

BBH Elective course

BBH 203, BBH 251, BBH 302, BBH 305, BBH 315, BBH 324, BBH 368, BBH 390A, BBH 402, BBH 407, BBH 410, BBH 416, BBH 417, BBH 432, BBH 446, BBH 451, BBH 452, BBH 458, BBH 468, BBH 469, BBH 470, BBH 490

Health and Developmental Sciences

CSD 100, CSD 101, CSD 146, CSD 218, CSD 230, CSD 269, HPA 057, HPA 101, HPA 310, HDFS 229, HDFS 239, HDFS 249, HDFS 250, HDFS 302A, HDFS 311, HDFS 315, HDFS 405, HDFS 416, HDFS 418, HDFS 428, HDFS 429, HDFS 431, HDFS 433, HDFS 445, HDFS 468, KINES 100, KINES 101, KINES 141, KINES 165, KINES 180, KINES 203, KINES 304, KINES 356, KINES 358, NUTR 111, NUTR 358, NUTR 360, PSYCH 212, PSYCH 243, PSYCH 270

Scientific Thought and Philosophy

BBH 301W (preferred), PHIL 110, PHIL 132, RLST 131

Health Promotion

BBH 416, 417, 495 (or 497D internship experience), UHS BBH 497 courses, NURS 401, NURS 464, PSYCH 441, PSYCH 474, CAS 453, KINES 403, KINES 445, HDFS 401, HDFS 410, HDFS 414, HDFS 415, HDFS 440, HDFS 446, HDFS 450, HDFS 452, HDFS 453, HDFS 454, HDFS 455

Health Professions Undergraduate Course Requirements

Graduate Program Admission Prerequisites