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Neuroscience majors combine coursework in psychology, biology and chemistry to gain insight and understanding about how the brain, body and nervous system work. Students who pursue a neuroscience degree often go into medicine, teaching or research, including robotics and bioengineering.

Neuroscience is generally designed to provide rigorous preparation for advanced study in a PhD program. In addition to coursework in psychology and biology, classes in physics and chemistry are also required. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, it's not unusual for some classes to be co-taught by biology and psychology professors in order to give each discipline their proper perspective.

Coursework may prepare students to become medical scientists, who form hypotheses and develop experiments. There is also growing involvement of neuroscience in the burgeoning areas of robotics, bioengineering, and artificial intelligence.

Neuroscience is a field projected to grow by 13% by 2026, faster than the average occupation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median annual wage for medical scientists was $82,090 in May 2017.


The BS in Neuroscience offers two tracks, with a focus in Psychology or Biology, with courses that are selected from both departments. On the macro level, Neuroscience examines things like stress and sleep. On the micro level, for example, it delves into how hormones and neurons affect the body.

Some classes and topics include:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Biostatistics
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Hormones and Behavior
  • Clinical Neuropsychology

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BS in Neuroscience Requirements

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Recent neuroscience graduates have gone to positions at a range of prestigious organizations including:

  • Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
  • Mount Sinai Health System
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Autism Behavior Consultants

Hofstra students are currently pursuing advanced degrees at Boston University, Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, NYU, Pace University, George Mason University and elsewhere.

100% report working, graduate school or both
92% accept employment within six months
$42K median salary
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neuroscience and related disciplines

The BS in Neuroscience provides a strong foundation in the core sciences, along with the opportunity for training in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, or psychology. Distinctive features of the program include an emphasis on developing the quantitative, statistical, mathematical, and computational skills required in neuroscience, and meaningful hands-on laboratory experience.

Our professors focus highly on new techniques of learning. Themed labs help take traditional lecture courses and make them interactive and intuitive. The practice helps students link together concepts across disciplines that they wouldn’t otherwise connect.

Meet Dr. Elisabeth Ploran

Dr. Ploran, an assistant professor of cognitive neuroscience, teaches a class called Perception, which examines the science behind how we process color, light and taste. Watch Dr. Ploran and some of her students as they engage in interactive exercises testing color perception.