BIOBEHAVIORAL HEALTH (BBH)

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

Dr. Roger McCarter, Interim Head of the Department, 219 BBH Building, 814-863-7256

Dr. Frank Ahern, Professor-In-Charge, Undergraduate Programs, 222 BBH Building, 814-863-0185, f4a@psu.edu

Dr. Elizabeth Lasher, Internship Coordinator, 219 BBH Building, 814-865-0654, ejl155@psu.edu

Dr. Michele Stine, Teaching Associate Professor and Academic Adviser, 219 BBH Building, 814-863-7256, mms153@psu.edu

Kerri Lai, Academic Adviser, 224 BBH Building, 814-863-7256, kll31@psu.edu

Rebecca Reitz, Academic Adviser, 225 BBH Building, 814-863-7256, rer201@psu.edu

Staci Schreiber, Academic Adviser, 223 BBH Building, 814-863-7256, svp102@psu.edu

TBA, Undergraduate Program Staff Assistant, 219 BBH Building, 814-863-7256

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

http://bbh.hhd.psu.edu/undergraduate

Curriculum
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
BB H 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 021, ANTH 022, ANTH 216, B M B 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, EM SC 101, FD SC 404, FD SC 405, FD SC 406, FD SC 407, FD SC 408, GEOG 110, GEOG 314, PHYS 250, PHYS 251, PSYCH 460, PSYCH 461, PSYCH 462, PSYCH 464, PSYCH 470, PSYCH 473, VB SC 211, VB SC 230, VB SC 231

BBH Elective course

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

Health and Developmental Sciences

CSD 100, CSD 101, CSD 146, CSD 218, CSD 230, CSD 269, H P A 057, H P A 101, H P A 310, HD FS 229, HD FS 239, HD FS 249, HD FS 250, HD FS 302A, HD FS 311, HD FS 315, HD FS 405, HD FS 416, HD FS 418, HD FS 428, HD FS 429, HD FS 431, HD FS 433, HD FS 445, HD FS 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

BB H 301W (preferred), PHIL 110, PHIL 132, RL ST 131

Health Promotion

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

Health Professions Undergraduate Course Requirements

Graduate Program Admission Prerequisites