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About the Department

The PhD Program in Psychology offered by The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York currently consists of ten areas of specialization, with Biopsychology & Behavioral Neuroscience based at Hunter College, located on Park Avenue at 68th Street in Manhattan. Biopsychology interrelates the concepts and methods of neuroscience, cognitive science, the biological disciplines, and behavior analysis with experimental psychology. It offers a comparative and ontogenetic perspective on species-typical behavior acquired and modified during the organism's life cycle. Basic psychological processes are studied in conjunction with contributions from neurobiology, ethology, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, endocrinology, pharmacology, and other sciences to illuminate the many ways in which species adapt, survive, reproduce, and evolve. Through diversified laboratory experience plus core courses, electives, seminars, colloquia, and field studies, students develop an interdisciplinary perspective.

The subprogram in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience provides unique training for basic research and teaching in the field of animal and human behavior, as well as in the application of biobehavioral knowledge to a variety of problems in industrial, business, institutional, health, and environmental settings. Among the admission requirements is the completion of at least 15 undergraduate credits in psychology, including one laboratory course in experimental psychology and one in statistics. It is expected that the applicant will have received at least a B average in courses completed at other institutions. The applicant may be requested to appear for an interview. Students of ability trained in fields other than psychology may be admitted with conditions.

The Graduate School and University Center was established in 1961 as the school for doctoral studies of The City University of New York, the nation's largest urban university system. The Graduate School is actually a consortium, combining resources from throughout the City University to offer comprehensive and high quality research training. The doctoral faculty is drawn from the CUNY colleges as well as The Graduate School and University center. The faculty in each area of specialization includes those members of the psychology doctoral faculty whose primary research interests lie in that field. Students may take courses offered in any subprogram (subspecialization) at any CUNY campus, subject to approval of the instructor. The student may also take advantage of special course offerings and facilities at any of the University campuses participating in the program.

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