Behavioral Neuropsychology


Discover the biological meaning behind behaviors, delve into research with your classmates, and help solve the mysteries behind the mind-body problem. Start your journey into this cutting-edge field at St. Ambrose.

Our graduates work at the Veterans Administration, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Families First Counseling Services, Quad Cities Autism Center, and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa.


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  • Local Internship Possibilities
  • Strong Mentor Relationships
  • Meaningful and Formative Experiences
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Through unique courses, research experiences, and immersive internships, St. Ambrose prepares you to reach your goals – and beyond. Our Psychology faculty have diverse expertise in research and clinical practice to help you grow, hone, and apply your skills, whether you want to pursue an advanced degree or directly enter the workforce.

Read Our Behavior Psychology Fact Sheet (pdf)


More Information About the Behavioral Neuropsychology Program

What will I learn?

Behavioral Neuropsychology explores several subjects - including psychology, biology, and chemistry - and weaves them together to determine behavior. You'll study the organization and function of the nervous system and its relationship to behavior, cognition, and disorders.

Our faculty has diverse experience in psychological research and clinical practice, which allows us to offer unique courses, research experiences, and internships that go far beyond traditional undergraduate programs.

Throughout your education, you will benefit from strong relationships with psychology faculty members who share their expertise in experimental, clinical/counseling, neuroscience, and forensic areas. Best of all, they believe their job is to teach and mentor.

Starting in your first year, you meet with a faculty member at least once a semester – or as often as needed – to discuss your goals and ways to enhance your education. Their guidance continues through your senior year, as you prepare for a career or graduate school.

What are some unique learning opportunities I will have?

There are so many! Here's just a few:

  • Gain hands-on research experience through the SAU Summer Research Institute.
  • Our internships and field experience go beyond shadowing professionals. With more than 90 health and human services organizations in the Quad Cities, you have a variety of placement options.
  • Next, shoot even higher. Behavioral Neuropsychology majors have completed the prestigious University of Iowa Interdisciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Neuroscience.
  • Join Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.
  • Join the Psychology Club, which holds joint meetings and events with the SAU Psi Chi Chapter.This gives you the ability to make a larger impact.
  • Get involved and support organizations in the community, such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
  • St. Ambrose hosts a large number of conferences and lectures on topics that will expand your learning and worldview.
Study Abroad

You've heard people say it before: "College will be the greatest time of your life!" With Study Abroad, you can add even more to your college years.

You can study in another country in a semester-long or short-term study abroad program (with a few offered during spring and winterim breaks). No matter the duration, these trips deepen your professional education while earning credit toward graduation.

There are also opportunities through an exchange program, an overseas internship, or volunteering. The limits for Study Abroad are only ones you set for yourself! SAU students have studied in Italy, Costa Rica, Australia, Korea, United Kingdom, Spain, Ecuador, Japan, Germany, Peru, Cyprus, Croatia, Belize, Canada, Chile, and more.

SAU students returning from their Study Abroad locations talk about their time away as life-changing – personally, emotionally, culturally, and academically.

Click here to search our Study Abroad programs, and for general information click here.

What are some possible job outcomes?

Largely a research field, you can become employed right out of college or pursue a graduate program. But because Behavioral Neuropsychology involves chemistry, biology, genetics, and environment, your opportunities are equally as broad!

Jobs include working in research labs, bioinformatics, neurotoxicology, conducting behavior evaluation, and many others.

Your job may also involve working directly with patients in a clinic setting.

Faculty

Jennifer Best, MS Ed, Dept. Coordinator

Carol DeVolder, PhD, Professor
Andy Kaiser, PhD, Professor
Judy Correa Kaiser, PhD, Professor
Julie Jenks Kettmann, PhD, Professor, Dept. Chair
Katrina Okerstrom-Jezewski, Asst. Professor
John Stachula, PhD, Professor
Katie Trujillo, PhD, Professor

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Neuropsychology (34 credits)

All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Required:

PSYC Core
PSYC 105 Introductory Psychology
PSYC 215 Research Methods
PSYC 255 Brain and Behavior
STAT 213 Applied Statistical Reasoning for the Sciences

Behavioral Neuropsychology Core
PSYC 330 Psychology of Learning OR 340 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 360 Behavioral Pharmacology, 3 credits OR PSYC 402 Psychology of Sensation and Perception
PSYC 403 Behavioral Neuroscience

Electives (Choose 3 courses)
WI-PSYC 314 Human Motivation
PSYC 321 Psychology and Law
PSYC 323 Personality Theories
PSYC 324 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 325 Criminal Behavior
PSYC 326 Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology
PSYC 327 Psychology and Treament of the Juvenile Offender
PSYC 328 Psychology and Treatment of Trauma and the Victim
PSYC 332 Psychology of Tests and Measurements
WI-PSYC 342 Theories of Counseling
PSYC 343 Family Systems and Counseling
PSYC 348 Supervised Psychology Practicum
WI-PSYC 350 Health Psychology
PSYC 425 Professional Development and Integration in Psychology, 4 credits

Capstone
WI-PSYC 404 Experimental Design in Psychology, 2 credits
WI-PSYC 405 Experimental Design in Psychology, 2 credits

Non-departmental Requirements
BIOL 199 General Biology I: Foundations of Living Systems, 4 credits
BIOL 200 General Biology II: Foundations of Living Systems, 4 credits
BIOL 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 credits
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I, 4 credits
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II, 4 credits
CSCI 140 Foundations of Computer Science OR 195 Programming I OR 281 Discrete Functions
MATH 171 Elementary Functions, or higher (MATH 191 is strongly recommended for graduate school)

WI=writing intensive

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan of study to graduate in four years with a degree in Behavioral Neuropsychology. This plan assumes the student has not satisfied the foreign language requirement (three years of foreign language in high school).

Some courses need prerequisites. Check the online course catalog.

Year One

FallCreditSpringCredit
ENGL 101 Composition 3 Oral Communication 3
MATH 171 Elementary Functions 3 STAT 213 Applied Stats/Science 3
Foreign Language 101 3 Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3
PSYC 105 Introductory Psychology 3 Foreign Language 102 3
KIN Activity 1-2 *Liberal Arts Perspective 3
New Student Seminar 1 **Experiential Learning
KIN 149 1
Total Credits 15-16 Total Credits 15

Year Two

FallCreditSpringCredit
Liberal Arts Perspective: Natural Science (Rec. BIOL 101, CHEM 101) + Lab (Gen Ed) 3-4 *Liberal Arts Perspective (Gen Ed) 3
PSYC 215 Research Methods 3 PSYC 255 Brain and Behavior 3
Catholic Intellectual Tradition (Gen Ed) 3 BIOL 200+Lab 4
CSCI 140, 195, or 281 3 PHIL/THEO 300 Level (Gen Ed) 3
**Experiential Learning 3 WI Course (200 or 300 any department) 3
*Liberal Arts Perspective (Gen Ed) **Experiential Learning
Total Credits 15-16 Total Credits 16

Year Three

FallCreditSpringCredit
PSYC 340 or 330 3 PSYC 300-Level Elective 3
PSYC 403 Behavioral Neuroscience 3 PSYC 360 or 402 3
*Liberal Arts Perspective (Gen Ed) 3 BIOL 230+Lab 4
CHEM 105 General Chemistry+Lab 4 CHEM 106+Lab 4
Catholic Intellectual Tradition 3 **Experiential Learning
**Experiential Learning
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 14

Year Four

FallCreditSpringCredit
WI-PSYC 404 Capstone 4 **Experiential Learning
Elective/Second Major or Minor 3 PSYC 300 or 400 level 6
300-level PSYC Electives 9 Electives/Second Major or Minor 9
Major Field Test (Required for Graduation)
**Experiential Learning
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15

*Liberal Arts Perspective. History category must be from 2 different departments
**PSYC 294/394 Research Practicum (if taking Research course for credit PSYC 105- Must talk to Psych Advisor); Volunteering, Psychology Club, Exploration of Graduate School)
***WI-PSYC 342 and WI-PSYC 314 have an additional pre-req

WI=writing intensive

Scholarships and Grants

First-Year

St. Ambrose offers excellent scholarships and grants, work-study and other financial aid options! Full-time students may be eligible based upon your strong academic performance in college, your talent in fine arts or athletics or your demonstrated financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The SAU school code for the FAFSA is 001889.

First-Year Scholarships and Institutional Aid 2022-2023

There is no need to apply for the scholarships or grants below; students automatically are eligible if they meet specific criteria. The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using unweighted high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Please note, while St. Ambrose University has a test-optional admissions policy, standardized test scores are required for both admission to specific programs and/or eligibility for top academic scholarships. Scholarships and grants are renewable for four years of undergraduate study. 

Your scholarship will automatically renew each year of your undergraduate studies - up to four years - as long as you maintain satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree, achieve certain GPA requirements (see below), and remain a full-time student. 

Download helpful PDFs of this information here: First-Year Iowa Resident or First-Year Out of State Resident


IOWA RESIDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS

Iowa Resident On Campus Merit-Based Scholarships

Trustee Scholar
Criteria: unweighted 3.9 GPA and minimum 29 ACT or 1340 SAT score. Must maintain 3.25 cumulative GPA in successive years.
Award: $25,000/year and invited to compete for an Ambrose Scholar full-tuition award

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $15,000-$21,000/year

University Grant
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $13,000/year

Iowa Resident On Campus Additional Institutional Aid

Ambrose Advantage
Criteria: Iowa resident, Federal Pell Grant eligible, 2022 high school graduate, min. unweighted GPA 2.5, admitted to SAU, and FAFSA filed by Mar. 15. To remain eligible in subsequent years, students must maintain 2.5 GPA and qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.
Award: Full tuition

Athletic Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability
Award: varies

Fine Arts Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability in music, art and theatre
Award: varies

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $1,000/year

Minority Scholarship
Criteria: ethnically diverse student, FAFSA required
Award: $500-$1,000/year

Catholic Traditions Scholarship
Criteria: graduate from Catholic high school
Award: $2,000/year

Menke Parish Scholarship
Criteria: Diocese of Davenport parishioner, additional application required
Award: $1,000/year



IOWA RESIDENTS LIVING OFF CAMPUS

Iowa Resident Off Campus Merit-Based Scholarships

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $13,000-$16,000/year

University Grants
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $11,000/year

Iowa Resident Off Campus Additional Institutional Scholarships

Ambrose Advantage
Criteria: Iowa resident, Federal Pell Grant eligible, 2022 high school graduate, min. unweighted GPA 2.5, admitted to SAU, and FAFSA filed by Mar. 15. To remain eligible in subsequent years, students must maintain 2.5 GPA and qualify for the Federal Pell Grant.
Award: Full tuition

Athletic Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability
Award: varies

Fine Arts Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability in music, art and theatre
Award: varies

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $500/year

Minority Scholarship
Criteria: ethnically diverse student, FAFSA required
Award: $500-$1,000/year

Catholic Traditions Scholarship
Criteria: graduate from Catholic high school
Award: $2,000/year



OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS LIVING ON CAMPUS

Out of State On Campus Merit-Based Scholarships

Trustee Scholar
Criteria: unweighted 3.9 GPA and minimum 29 ACT or 1340 SAT score. Must maintain 3.25 cumulative GPA in successive years.
Award: $25,000/year and invited to compete for an Ambrose Scholar full-tuition award

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $17,000-$23,000/year

University Grant
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $13,000/year

Out of State On Campus Additional Institutional Aid

Athletic Scholarships
Critieria: performance and ability
Award: varies

Fine Arts Scholarships
Critieria: performance and ability in music, art and theatre
Award: varies

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $1,000/year

Minority Scholarship
Criteria: ethnically diverse student, FAFSA required
Award: $500-$1,000/year

Catholic Traditions Scholarship
Criteria: graduate from Catholic high school
Award: $2,000/year

Menke Parish Scholarship
Criteria: Diocese of Davenport parishioner, additional application required
Award: $1,000/year



OUT OF STATE RESIDENTS LIVING OFF CAMPUS

Out of State Off Campus Merit-Based Scholarships

Academic Scholarships
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score (optional)
Award: $14,000-$17,000/year

University Grants
Criteria: based on unweighted GPA and ACT/SAT score
Award: $11,000/year

Out of State Off Campus Additional Institutional Scholarships

Athletic Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability
Award: varies

Fine Arts Scholarships
Criteria: performance and ability in music, art and theatre
Award: varies

Fr. Welch Alumni Scholarships
Criteria: parent is a St. Ambrose graduate
Award: $500/year

Minority Scholarship
Criteria: ethnically diverse student, FAFSA required
Award: $500/year

Catholic Traditions Scholarship
Criteria: graduate from Catholic high school
Award: $2,000/year

State and Federal Grants, Work Study

Grants are money that you don't repay, and they can come from government or private sources. SAU receives all financial aid funds directly - including loans and grants - then applies them to your account: once in the fall term and once in the spring term. Grants can be used to cover your tuition, books, and housing costs. You must apply for grants each academic year. If you have any loan funds in excess of your costs, you may receive a refund. If you are a first-time borrower, there is a 30-day hold on your first disbursement. For all of these grants, you must complete the Free Application Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1.


Iowa Tuition Grant
To be eligible for the Iowa Tuition Grant, you must be a resident of Iowa as defined by the State Board of Regents and currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an undergraduate degree program at an eligible Iowa college or university (SAU is eligible). Iowa College Aid administers need-based college financial aid for Iowans, such as the Iowa Tuition Grant. FAFSA deadline is July 1.
Award: $6,800

Federal Pell Grant
Awarded to students of the highest need based on how much your family can contribute to your education. The U.S. Department of Education sets a Expected Family Contribution (EFC) threshold. Then, when you file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), it computes where you land within that threshold and determines if you qualify for the grant and for how much.
Award: $6,345 maximum

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
To qualify, you must file a FAFSA by the priority deadline of March 15 and you must qualify for a Pell Grant. This grant is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students who have submitted all required documents for review and in time for the review to be complete. If you are eligible for a Pell Grant or SEOG, the awards will appear on your financial aid award letter. Award: $400 maximumFederal Work Study
Criteria: based on financial need. File FAFSA as soon as possible after Oct. 1.
Award: $1,850

Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant 
Provides aid to students intending to teach in a high-need field at a school that serves low-income families (as determined by the U.S. Department of Education or a state education agency). Review criteria and all details here.
Award: up to $4,000

Outside Scholarships

There are many opportunities to receive scholarships from outside sources, here are a few websites to begin researching your options:

Another tip: Next time you're on campus, check out the bulletin board outside Bee Central where we post more flyers and applications for outside scholarships.


Katie Powers '07


Katie began her health sciences career by majoring in Behavioral Neuropsychology and continuing to graduate school in the SAU DPT program. It was at Ambrose where she discovered her fit and passion and gained the skills and confidence to land her dream job as a physical therapist at Genesis Pediatric Therapy Center, in Bettendorf, Iowa.

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Katie Powers

BS in Behavioral Neuropsychology '07; Doctor of Physical Therapy,Physical Therapist, Genesis Pediatric Therapy Center, Bettendorf,Class of 2008


At SAU, Katie completed three, 10-week clinical rotations, which put her education to the test and boosted it, too. Through our DPT program, she discovered her fit and passion, and gained the skills and confidence to land her dream job as a physical therapist at Genesis Pediatric Therapy Center, in Bettendorf, Iowa.

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Jennifer Best, MS Ed, Dept. Coordinator

Psychology Department
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
BestJenniferA@sau.edu

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