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Larner College of Medicine Undergraduate Behavioral Change Health Studies Minor


A 15-Credit Undergraduate Minor


The Behavioral Change Health Studies curriculum exposes students to cutting edge research with a focus on behavioral change science, embedded in the programmatic research and clinical programs at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families

Courses will include lessons about:

  • Human Behavior
  • Genetics
  • Epigenetics
  • Structure & Function of the Human Brain

Students will gain general knowledge applicable for any college path, including Psychological Science, Neuroscience, Nursing and Health Studies, Business, and Education. This minor complements the studies of students going into all types of careers because of its emphasis on healthy lifestyles and decision making. 

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the minor, students will be able to:

  • Identify the core concepts, theories, and breadth of behavioral change in related disciplines (health and wellness, public health, and psychiatry).
  • Identify and articulate the connections between biological (genetic, epigenetic, and neuroplasticity) and environmental factors of human behavior, through synthesis of material, evaluation, and oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills in an applied setting, through engagement with existing research and scholarship. 

Requirements for the Minor

Students wishing to obtain a minor in Behavioral Change Health Studies must complete a total of fifteen credit hours in LCOMU courses including:

  • 3 credits consisting of COMU 1010: Healthy Brains, Healthy Bodies
  • 12 Credits of LCOMU courses listed below
    • Please Note: Up to 2 approved non-LCOMU courses can be applied to the minor (see below)


Click here to view the LCOMU BCHS Minor in the UVM Undergraduate Catalogue

How to Declare the Minor

To declare the LCOMU Minor, please see Student Forms on the Registrar's Office website.


Courses that meet the Minor Requirements

Larner College of Medicine Undergraduate

COMU 1010: Healthy Brains, Healthy Bodies*

COMU 1210: Your Brain on Drugs

COMU 1990: Special Topics

COMU 2182: Mental Health in Pop Culture

COMU 2220: Family Wellness Coaching

COMU 2230: The Effects of Adversity

COMU 2250: The Science of Happiness

COMU 2310: Sex, Love, and the Neuroscience of Relationships

COMU 2500: Sleep and the Brain

COMU 2994: Teaching Assistantship

COMU 2995: Undergraduate Research

Department of Psychological Science*

PSYS 1400: Introduction to Psychological Science

PSYS 2400: Developmental Psychology

PSYS 2500: Psychopathology

PSYS 3100: Learning

PSYS 3410: Emotional Development & Temperament

*Up to two of the listed non-LCOMU courses above can be applied to the minor 



For more information regarding the LCOMU minor, please see the Undergraduate Catalogue or contact Amy Morrill, with questions.

To declare the LCOMU Minor, please see Student Forms on the Registrar's Office website.

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