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Psychology M.S. with Neuroscience and Behavior Concentration

Explore the Interaction of Biology and Behavior

Develop a keen insight into both psychology and neuroscience to explore the neural basis of human behavior through the Neuroscience and Behavior Concentration at University of Houston-Clear Lake. This area of study is also known as biological psychology, biopsychology or psychobiology. Students in our concentration have numerous opportunities to conduct research, give professional presentations and publish in journals. Our faculty specializes in nicotine dependence, age-related memory impairment and the impact of sleep disorders on information processing.

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Build a Foundation for the Next Step

Graduates with this concentration are well suited to further study in doctoral programs or careers in biomedical research. One of the most important prerequisites needed for both research careers or doctoral admission is research experience. Therefore, this concentration places a strong emphasis on research participation. Students will be expected to be active members of research teams on campus that results in research presentations at professional conferences and culminates in a capstone research experience.


Admission Requirements

University of Houston-Clear Lake's College of Human Science and Humanities wants to help you reach your educational goals. Discover the admissions requirements that will let you become the next UHCL Hawk.


  • Psychology M.S. with a Neuroscience and Behavior Concentration
  • Admission Deadline
    • Fall 2025: 
      • Priority deadline: February 1
      • Final deadline: May 1
  • Application

    Incoming Students/External Applicants - Apply online through the UHCL Graduate Application Portal for admission to the University of Houston-Clear Lake as a graduate student.

    • Program application is only available within the selected Fall semester
    • Select College, Human Sciences and Humanities
    • Select Major, Psychology MS
    • Selection Concentrations/Certificate, Neuroscience and Behavior

    Documents for admission are submitted after completion of the application. All required documents are due by the program application deadline (i.e., Official College Transcripts, and supporting documents).

    Admission in the Psychology M.S. with Neuroscience and Behavior Concentration may be given as an incoming or current UHCL student. Student may initially seek acceptance into the Psychology, MS then apply to the concentrations the following Fall semester. Acceptance into the Psychology, MS program does NOT guarantee acceptance into the concentration program.

    Current students/Internal Applicants - Students already enrolled in the Psychology M.S. program and wishing to enroll in the Neuroscience and Behavior Concentration must formally apply through Psyc Concentration ARC. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Neuroscience program at neuroscience@uhcl.edu or faculty coordinator Dr. Georgina Moreno at morenog@uhcl.edu.

  • Requirements
    • Required Additional Supporting Documents: The following documents and information should be uploaded through the UHCL Graduate Application Portal: 
      • Curriculum Vitae: An expanded résumé describing previous education; all work experience; relevant course work and relevant volunteer activities; any honors, presentations, papers, avocations or other relevant life experiences. 
      • Statement of purpose and goals (not to exceed 1,000 words): describing your reasons for wanting this degree and how it fits into career goals. 
      • Contact information for two (2) letters of recommendation: Students identify recommenders through the UHCL Graduate Application Portal. Once recommenders and contact information is submitted, recommenders will receive an email to a link to submit the letter of recommendation. Recommendations from academic faculty and/or work supervisors who know the applicant well are especially important. At least one from an academic source.
    • GRE Scores Not Required: Students are welcome to submit a GRE to assist in the admission review process. For students who do not wish to provide GRE scores, the GRE requirement will automatically be removed from the e-service checklist after successful submission of the admission application.

    • Official Transcripts: Students should submit official transcripts from every college or university attended to the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Office of Admissions or International Admissions. 
      • Please review New Student Admissions in the Graduate Catalog under Transcripts and Records Information to learn how to submit an official college transcript to UHCL. 
    • Prerequisites: The following prerequisites are required for this degree. Prerequisite courses must be completed before graduate coursework can begin. 
      • PSYC 2301 or equivalent (three hours).
      • Course in statistics. Students whose undergraduate work does not include three hours in statistics must take PSYC 4370 or PSYC 4371.
      • Course in Anatomy and Physiology. Students whose undergraduate work does not include three hours in anatomy and physiology must take BIOL 2301 or equivalent.
      • Students are expected to demonstrate graduate-level writing ability. Those students whose writing is deemed unacceptable will be advised to take remedial courses.
    Students wishing to enroll in the Neuroscience and Behavior concentration must formally apply. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Neuroscience and Behavior concentration program at neuroscience@uhcl.edu or faculty coordinator Dr. Georgina Moreno at morenog@uhcl.edu.
  • Admission Review Process 

    Application to the Neuroscience and Behavior Psychology Concentration plan can be made at any point during the year. Notification is usually provided within one month of the submission deadline. Applicants are not admitted into the Neuroscience and Behavior Psychology Concentration until they receive formal notice from the Neuroscience and Behavior Psychology Selection Committee.

    Students may take graduate courses before being formally accepted into Neuroscience and Behavior Psychology Concentration or Certificate Program; however, certain courses (Practicum and Internship) will be restricted to those students who have been formally admitted into the program.


Degree Requirements

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Psychology, Neuroscience and Behavior Concentration, M.S.


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Locations

University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

About UHCL


Psychology M.S. with Neuroscience and Behavior Concentration Faculty

Angela Kelling
Angela Kelling

Angela Kelling

Associate Professor of Psychology and Program Director of Behavioral Science,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3488
Email: KellingA@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2617-141

Angela Kelling Faculty Bio

David Malin
David Malin

David H. Malin

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3339
Email: malin@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2617.12

David H. Malin Faculty Bio

Georgina Moreno
Georgina Moreno

Georgina Moreno

Assistant Professor of Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3384
Email: morenog@uhcl.edu
Office: SSCB 2109.17

Georgina Moreno Faculty Bio

Chris Ward
Christopher Ward

Christopher P. Ward

Department Chair of Psychology and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3303
Email: wardchris@uhcl.edu
Office: SSCB 2109.05

Christopher P. Ward Faculty Bio