The psychology faculty at the University of New England believes that the best learning takes place by doing. We also believe that strong student-faculty relationships are critical in helping students discover their talents, develop their skills, reach their goals and find their niche in the world.
A Bachelor of Science Degree in Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary major offered by faculty from various departments with expertise in the neurosciences. The neuroscience curriculum offers students an opportunity to explore the structure and function of the nervous system. The major requires a general science background, a number of courses specifically devoted to the brain, and an in-depth experience that clearly defines the limits of knowledge in at least one aspect of neuroscience. The major allows considerable flexibility for students to develop the last two years along the lines of individual preferences and interests, with potential focuses in areas of cellular/molecular neurobiology, behavioral neuroscience, or cognitive science.
The majority of students who graduate with a degree in neuroscience enter graduate or professional programs culminating with careers in medicine/health care, research, and/or education. Other neuroscientists conduct research or lead teams of scientists with positions in government laboratories, private research foundations, and in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and chemical industries.
Neuroscientists also work in government regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, or in industrial organizations that work with these agencies. Entry level positions as technicians requiring an undergraduate degree in neuroscience can be found in biomedical research laboratories, in pharmaceutical or health product companies or public health programs.