Behavioral Neuroscience, BS
Behavioral Neuroscience, BS
Whether you are going to medical school, biotech, research, or careers in mental health, a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience will put you ahead of the pack. Your coursework will include foundational topics in biology, psychology, chemistry, and, if you are a pre-med student, physics. This is followed by highly specialized coursework in neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Students are required to take at least two semesters of independent research with our award-winning faculty or at some of the country’s best institutions located at our doorstep in New York City. We also offer exceptional electives, some of which have been awarded by the National Science Foundation for creativity and student engagement. Further, our dedicated advisors will help you tailor the degree to match your career goals, or help you choose coursework to complete a minor in another area of your interest.
Why Behavioral Neuroscience?
Behavioral neuroscience is one of the fastest growing disciplines today, emerging from incredible recent advances in molecular biology, genetic engineering, brain imaging, neuropharmacology, computer science, psychology and other disciplines.
Advances were made in treating various neurological, mental, and behavioral disorders, from pain and blindness, to ADHD, or Parkinson’s disease. Today, thanks to advances in genomics, stem cell research, and genetic engineering, we are moving to the realm of personalized treatments.
Advanced behavioral testing and neuroimaging, combined with cutting-edge technology, have allowed patients to use brain implants to stimulate specific brain regions and elicit a memory, or improve mood. Behavioral neuroscience is even used to design artificial intelligence.
In the realm of public advocacy, behavioral neuroscience is helping shape policies on treating rather than prosecuting addiction, defining brain death, and providing insights into the mental capacities of juveniles or the mentally unfit – all critical ethical and moral issues facing our society today.
There is no better time for you to join our distinguished team of award-winning faculty who are contributing to this wave of discoveries. You will be engaged in creative coursework, with access to cutting-edge research, and study in the heart of New York City, near the largest number of job opportunities in the medical, pharmaceutical, biotech, medical, counseling, consulting, research, government, and education fields.
Students obtain hands-on experience though research, which is required for the behavioral neuroscience degree. Research is conducted either with one of our faculty, or through internships at some of the most prestigious scientific, pharmaceutical, medical, and biotech organizations in the world.
Our faculty are actively involved in basic, clinical, and applied research in neuroscience and behavior, or at their interface. Current research areas include; molecular neuropharmacology, neurogenetics, the neurobiology of Alzheimer's disease, autism, pain, neuroendocrine, and other disorders, studies of the cognitive deficits as well as protective factors in depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, stress, and psychosis; clinical assessment of thinking in children, the development of creativity, ego development, developmental outcomes of high risk and premature infants, the impact of gender or sexuality on the psychological experience, the impact of social media, virtual reality and other technologies on our relationships and our underlying needs, the effects of prejudice and discrimination on academic and health disparities, and many other cutting-edge areas.
These research projects have received prestigious funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright foundation, and others.
Our students have presented their research at national and international scientific meetings, where they have won impressive awards. Our students have also authored papers in scientific journals, which are typically the achievements of graduate students. This makes our students highly competitive. Indeed, this is one of the main reasons Pace University is the No. 1 private, four-year college in the country for driving student upward economic mobility, according to Opportunity Insights at Harvard University.
There are multiple career paths that students with degrees in behavioral neuroscience typically pursue, including medical school, graduate studies in biology, neuroscience, psychology, computer science, genetics, cancer, and other fields. Jobs are found in settings such as pharmaceutical companies, biotech startups, education, psychology, counseling, science advocacy and administration, science writing, government work, patent law, and other fields.