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Beyond the Classroom

Learning isn’t limited to the classroom at Mills. Take a look at some of the opportunities you can have while studying biopsychology.


On-Campus Research

Biopsychology students have the opportunity to participate in original research in both biology and psychology. Students mentored by biology professors are eligible for research stipends from the Jill Barrett Biology Research Program. Using biology laboratories and other facilities, students have recently conducted research on:

  • Chemosensory pathways in the nematode C. elegans, a type of roundworm
  • Molecular mechanisms underlying vertebrate pair bonding
  • Mitochondrial DNA defects and the progression of neurodegenerative diseases

Students can also join research laboratories supervised by psychology professors. These students coordinate subjects, conduct tests and experiments, collect and analyze data, and present findings at conferences. The labs and areas of investigation include:

  • Mills Cognition Lab—Effects of age, culture, weight consciousness, and circadian arousal on memory
  • Social Psychology Lab—Positive psychology and LGBTQ issues, aging attitudes and anxiety, religion and physical activity, intergroup relations and prejudice
  • Early Childhood and Family Research Lab—Development in children and families during the formative years of pregnancy through age five
  • Psychology and Health Lab—Transgender communities and health; shyness and asthma; and stress, resilience, and vulnerability

Access to Facilities & Equipment
Both the Biology and Psychology Departments are housed in the Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building, awarded the highest rating in environmental design and construction. The building features state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, and meeting spaces that encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.

Off-Campus Experiences

Many students acquire hands-on learning and professional development by interning or volunteering in clinics and research centers, including:

  • Contra Costa Regional Medical Center
  • Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology, UC Davis
  • Memory and Aging Center, UCSF
  • University of Hawaii Cancer Center
What Can I Do with a Biopsychology Degree from Mills?

Biopsychology majors graduate with valuable research and clinical experience and foundational knowledge of human behavior, biology, and chemistry. Recent graduates have used their Mills education to succeed in such positions as:


Psychiatrist
BRIDGES

Behavior Interventionist
Easter Seals Bay Area

Behavior Therapist
Kids Overcoming

Housing Advocate
AmeriCorps VIP Fellow, Pathways of Hope

Data Management & Evaluation Associate
10,000 Degrees

Speech-Language Pathologist
University of Louisville

Systems Change Advocate
Center for Independent Living

Analyst
Kaiser Permanente

Registered Nurse
OccuVAX

Clinical Lab Scientist
Stanford Healthcare 

Project Coordinator
University of Hawaii Cancer Center