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Neuroscience

Overview

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 falls under the umbrella of medical science. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this field is projected to grow 8% by 2026, faster than average. The median annual wage for medical scientists was $84,810 in 2018.

Curriculum

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:

  • Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Center for Autism & Related Disorders
  • Developmental Disabilities Institute, Inc.
  • Family Service Society
  • Huntington Hospital
  • National Family Resiliency Center
  • Northwell Health
  • South Shore Association for Independent Living
  • Townhouse Nursing Home
  • U.S. Pretrial Services

Hofstra students are currently pursuing advanced degrees at:

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Boston University
  • Columbia University
  • New York University
  • Rowan University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
  • Rutgers University
  • Temple University
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of San Diego
95% report working, graduate school or both
97% accept employment within six months
$48K median salary*
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*Represents median salary for the first year following graduation

Experience

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.

Top Internships

  • Alzheimer's Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • Center for Addiction Services and Psychotherapy Interventions Research
  • Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
  • LICADD - Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, Inc.
  • Long Island Crisis Center
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • National Eating Disorders Association
  • Safe Harbor Child Access Centers
  • United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County

Meet Dr. Elisabeth Ploran

Dr. Ploran, an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience, teaches a class called Sensation & 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.


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