Undergraduate Programs in

Neuroscience

Studies in neuroscience combine coursework in psychology, biology, and chemistry to teach how the brain, body, and nervous system work. Students who pursue a neuroscience degree often go into medicine, academia, 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, you'll take required classes in physics and chemistry. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, it's not unusual for some classes to be team-taught by biology and psychology professors in order to give each discipline their proper perspective.

The Student Experience

The neuroscience program builds quantitative, statistical, mathematical, and computational skills and hands-on laboratory experience. Professors focus on new techniques of learning, and themed labs help take traditional lecture courses and make them interactive and intuitive. 

Students are encouraged to participate in internships. Examples include the Alzheimer's Association, the American Cancer Society, the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the United Cerebral Palsy Association.

Program Overview

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Sensory and Perceptions course

 

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, and clinical neuropsychology.

Sensation and Perception

“We think of the senses as these perfect mechanisms that will always give us the right answer, that our eyes will always make us see the right thing and that’s not true,” said Elisabeth Ploran, an associate professor of cognitive neuroscience and psychology. “Our brain plays tricks on us. In psychology, we’re usually focusing on perception and we think of that as the same as sensation. It’s important for students to understand the difference.”

Sensory and Perceptions course

The Outlook

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.

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Neuroscience brain illustration

 

100% of recent alumni responding to a survey reported that they had either found employment or were attending or planning to pursue graduate studies

More on alumni outcomes

100% of those students reporting employment responded that they had landed their positions either at or before graduation. The mean reported salary within the first year following graduation was $39K. Examples of employers include:

  • Center for Autism & Related Disorders

  • Crestwood Behavioral Health

  • Developmental Disabilities Institute, Inc.

  • Five Towns Neurology & Physical Medicine

  • Mental Health Association

  • National Family Resiliency Center

  • Northwell Health

  • ProHEALTH Care Associates

  • Safe Harbor Child Access Centers

  • Southeastern Psychiatric Associates

45% of these recent alumni reported they were attending or planning to attend graduate school. Examples where they are pursuing their advanced degrees include:

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • Boston University

  • Columbia University

  • Fordham University

  • London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • New York University

  • Syracuse University

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • University of Miami

Contact Us

Program Director
Keith M. Shafritz
Professor of Psychology
Hauser Hall 101
(516) 463-4856
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