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Careers in Neuroscience

Because career opportunities are more limited for students with an undergraduate degree, the Neuroscience major aims to prepare honors-caliber students for advanced study in Neuroscience and related fields.  Here are some possible careers or courses of study which are commonly pursued by Neuroscience graduates:

With a BA in Neuroscience:

  • Research Assistant/Associate in industry, government, a research institute, or an academic research lab.
  • Well-qualified to apply for graduate programs in Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, or professional programs in health professions (especially medical or dental school, physician’s assistant, physical therapy).
  • Poised to pursue graduate study in scientific journalism.

With an MA in Neuroscience:

  • Advanced level Research Assistant/Associate within a research environment.
  • Lab manager.
  • Research program management.

With a PhD in Neuroscience:

  • Academic researcher (college professor).
  • Industry scientist (especially biotechnology or pharmaceuticals).
  • Government Neuroscience researcher.
  • Scientist in a Foundation or Non-Profit Research Institution.
  • Research Program Management.

Professional study specific to Neuroscience:

Students attending medical school to become psychiatrists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, dentists, or pain management specialists may be especially interested in the Neuroscience degree, particularly if they plan to pursue joint professional and graduate degrees (e.g., MD/PhD).


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