Behavioral Neuroscience, BS

Ahead of the Pack

Get ready for an impactful career in a wide array of scientific fields. Pace University’s BS in Behavioral Neuroscience provides you with a highly valued and interdisciplinary training in one of the fastest growing fields today.

A Cutting-Edge Field

  • Coursework includes foundational topics in biology, psychology, chemistry, and, for pre-med students, physics, 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 award-winning faculty or at some of the country’s best institutions located at our doorstep in New York City.
  • Exceptional electives offerings, some of which have been awarded by the National Science Foundation for creativity and student engagement.



You will obtain valuable 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.

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.

The Department maintains active local chapters of Beta Beta Beta, the national biology honor society, and Sigma Xi, the international scientific research society, which offer scientific-related activities and field trips.


The BS in Behavioral Neuroscience will allow students to be highly competitive for medical school, graduate studies in biology, neuroscience, psychology, computer science, and other fields, as well as jobs in pharmaceutical companies, biotech startups, education, psychology, counseling, science advocacy and administration, science writing, public health and government work, patent law, and more.

Furthermore, 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.