4-Year Biobehavioral Health

4-Year Biobehavioral Health


This major provides interdisciplinary training designed to integrate biological, behavioral, and social science approaches to the study of human health and illness. Emphasis is placed on the study of physical health. The goal of this major is to help students gain working familiarity with multiple perspectives, approaches, and methods needed to address and solve problems of human health and illness.

Students may select courses in the supporting courses category that will fulfill requirements for admission to graduate and professional programs. This major helps prepare graduates for entry-level jobs in a range of biomedical and health-related areas, including roles as research assistants, laboratory managers, biomedical product representatives, technical support positions in biomedical and health-related fields. This major also will provide excellent preparation for advanced study in natural and social science disciplines and related professional areas such as epidemiology, public health, environmental health and safety, and human services.

For the B.S. degree in Biobehavioral Health, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

*Penn State New Kensington and Penn State Greater Allegheny share authorization to deliver the B.S. in Biobehavioral Health program.  All courses needed for the degree will be offered at each campus.  Students in the program should expect to take some courses via a combination of web-based and face-to-face technology.