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College of Arts & Sciences
The Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Program


Program Course Requirements:

  • Fundamentals of Neuroscience
  • Human Genetics
  • Endocrinology
  • Integrated Behavioral-Biomedical Seminar on Prevention & Developmental Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Ethical Conduct in Research
  • Curriculum requirements for the trainee’s department/discipline

Lab/Research Rotations:

Every trainee participates in three 10-week lab rotations, typically during the first two semesters and the summer between the first and second years of the program. “Lab” is broadly construed to include laboratory and field settings where faculty-directed research is taking place. Participation in the lab rotations provides trainees with exposure to the research problems, methodologies, and applications related to the interface of biomedical and behavioral domains. Some of the lab rotations represent the biological-behavioral interface, while others sample from predominantly biological or behavioral science domains. Trainees choose from a broad array of lab rotations across the campus in human and animal research settings. Lab rotations cover a wide variety of topics such as but not limited to research on ADHD, brain functioning, endocrine problems, genetic issues, obesity, pre-natal and perinatal risk, promotion of healthy lifestyles (activity level and nutrition), Sickle Cell Anemia, sleep disorders, substance abuse, and many other topics that potentially inform prevention and developmental sciences.

Other Activities:

Trainees are encouraged to attend university-sponsored colloquia by visiting scholars and USC faculty on research topics germane to the interface of behavioral and biomedical/biological sciences and to prevention science. Presenting at scientific conferences and co-authoring scientific papers are also a standard part of BBIP participation.

Each trainee engages in intensive research culminating in the dissertation.