What is Neuroscience?

Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system from the molecular to the organismic levels of organization. It is multidisciplinary, drawing on knowledge from traditional disciplines such as biology, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and experimental psychology.

While many career options are possible with a degree in neuroscience, the primary purpose of the neuroscience program is to prepare students for graduate programs and careers in neuroscience research. The largest percentage of our alumni attend graduate school programs in neuroscience or in neuroscience-related areas. The B.A. degree program in Health Science is recommended for those students with career interests in allied health professions.

Career Paths

Entry-Level Employment

The many entrance-level options for students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience include:

  • Academic research technician
  • Biotech research technician
  • Public health or patent law
  • Marketing/advertising/research supply companies
  • Publishing/writing

Pursuit of Advanced Degrees

Students with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience are well prepared for pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees. Students may choose to apply to medical school or graduate school.

Master of Science (M.S.)

Careers that require a Master of Science include:

  • Imaging technician 
  • EEG Technician 
  • Science Educator 
  • Physician’s Assistant

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

With an M.D. students may specialize in any field including Neurology or Psychiatry. Alternatively, students may pursue graduate school in:

  • Neuroscience
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmacology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Counseling/Clinical Psychology
  • Business
  • Government/Public Policy
  • Public Health

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

With a Ph.D. an individual may become a Neuroscientist specializing in any of the following:

  • Cell and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology 
  • Physiology 
  • Endocrinology 
  • Development 
  • Computer Science/Applied Mathematics
  • Behavior

In addition, with a doctorate degree an individual may become a:

  • Neuropathologist 
  • Psychologist
  • Biomedical Consultant
  • Scientific/Technical Writer

Furthermore, individuals may pursue faculty positions at medical, dental, pharmacy and veterinary schools as well as liberal arts and comprehensive colleges such as Stonehill.