PSYC 343

Drugs and Behavior: An Introduction to Behavioral Pharmacology

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 1, 1998 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course reviews current information on the clinical use of psychoactive medication. The course focuses on standard clinical psychopharmacology, applications of psychoactive medication, and relative merits of medication vs. psychotherapy rather than on illicit drugs. This course examines several classes of therapeutic drugs, such as neuroleptics, antidepressants, tranquilizers and hypnotics, their mechanisms of action and side effects, and research/experimental issues.


Special information

Note: After registering, call the Psychology Department at 651-999-5820.

Learning outcomes


  • Apply knowledge to evaluation of topics such as abuses and side effects of drug use, and how the brain is involved in drug effects.
  • Evaluate societal issues as they relate to drugs and behavior.
  • Learn a basic and advanced level of knowledge in psychopharmacology.
  • Learn the methodologies used to study psychopharmacology.
  • Understand the historical and contemporary perspectives related to drugs and behavior.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.