Neuroscience

“The brain is the organ of destiny. It holds within its humming mechanism secrets that will determine the future of the human race.”  – Wilder Penfield

Programs in molecular and behavioral neuroscience

We can be defined by the things we do — by our behavior — but where exactly does our behavior come from? What chemical reactions and electrical processes occur in our bodies to help us “decide” to react to situations and stimuli in the ways that we do? And what happens if these mechanisms don’t work as they’re supposed to?

Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field. Neuroscience graduates can pursue a wide variety of graduate, professional school and career path options. Our program offers molecular and behavioral academic tracks.

Many students in the molecular track are interested in medicine and health-related careers. These students might pursue a doctorate of medicine (MD), doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), psychopharmacology, nursing, speech-language pathology, audiology, nutrition, MRI technology, radiation physics, biostatistics or neuroprosthetics.

Students in the behavioral track might pursue some of those paths as well as careers such as occupational therapy, social work for neurological patients, clinical psychology, global health reporting and epidemiology, or health care administration.

Career pathways in science and beyond

Neuroscience majors can also work in: academia or research, law or government, such as congressional advising or working for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration.

Given the breadth of options the discipline offers, elective courses for the two tracks expose students to the different directions they might take their degree and allow each student to personalize their major to their career goals.

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