The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences


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Undergraduate degrees in The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS) encompass all aspects of human brain function and human behavior. Our programs focus on understanding the structure and function of the brain in health and disease, the nature of thinking and interacting, the intricacies of child development and cognitive aging, the relation between human cognition and machine learning and intelligence, and the mechanisms of speech and hearing and their disruption. Students earn their degrees completing relevant coursework and also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of applied learning experiences, including laboratory research, internships, and community-engaged and service-learning courses.

Students have the opportunity to complete advanced independent research through the BBS Honors program or the Green Fellowship. Many neuroscience and psychology majors opt for the pre-health track and work with the Health Professions Advising Center to prepare and apply to health-focused professional schools. Students planning elementary school teaching can combine the Child Learning and Development degree with certification programs from the Teacher Development Center. Seniors interested in specific BBS master’s degrees can apply to the Fast Track program in which 15 credit hours of approved graduate courses can be completed and applied to both the baccalaureate degree and to coursework requirements for the master’s degree.

If you have questions about our degree plans, please contact the BBS Undergraduate Advising Office. Direct questions about other BBS activities to [email protected].

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Our roots date to 1957, 12 years before the founding of The University of Texas at Dallas.


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BBS offers five undergraduate degrees, four master’s degrees, and four doctoral degrees.

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Our students

JoLynn Scriven, psychology junior

Going into college I knew I had a strong interest in both psychology and athletics but did not necessarily know how to turn those interests into a realistic career path. With the guidance of the advisors and professors in the BBS program, I was able to make that passion come to life and I am now pursuing a career in Sport Psychology. I am so grateful for BBS and am excited to see where my career goes from here!

JoLynn Scriven, psychology junior

Isaiah Swann, 2020 graduate, neuroscience

UT Dallas provided me with the unique opportunity to pursue a neuroscience degree while playing baseball and engaging in NCAA policymaking at the national level. Within the School of BBS specifically, I have met so many amazing faculty, advisors, and students who have shaped me into the person I am today. I’m eternally grateful for their guidance and support, which I doubt I would have received to the same degree elsewhere. Go Comets!

Isaiah Swann, 2020 graduate, neuroscience

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