Our minor in neuroscience explores the brain, nervous system and behavior. Designed to complement any major, our curriculum is geared toward students planning to pursue graduate study in biology, psychology or neuroscience, or for those with a serious interest in the field.
An exciting and forward-looking field of science, neuroscience utilizes the tools and techniques of modern biology to study the structure and function of the brain and nervous system. Students can use their knowledge of neuroscience to research diseases and disorders, study the human body’s systems or investigate the formation and function of languages.
Neuroscience is considered to be an integrative science of brain, body and emotion. As such, our interdisciplinary program combines coursework in biology and psychology, including cognitive and physiological science.
Life After Salve
Our program prepares students for a number of graduate and professional programs in neuroscience, psychology, medicine and health care. Coursework in neuroscience may benefit students pursuing careers in nursing, speech pathology, occupational and physical therapy, audiology, nutrition or social work.
Possible careers include:
- Clinical or experimental psychology
- Library science
- Medical illustration
- Neurodiagnostic technology
- Public health research
- Scientific journalism
- Technical or pharmaceutical sales
- Veterinary medicine
As graduate programs in neuroscience vary from school to school, our minor will not necessarily meet all entrance requirements. Neuroscience minors interested in graduate study are advised to carefully review the requirements of their chosen program.
My passion lies somewhere between the theoretical world of psychology and the hands-on approach of neuroscience. Taking neuroscience classes while getting my degree in psychology provided me with a solid understanding of how the human brain works.
Having a well-rounded understanding of the human mind not only makes me more patient and compassionate when working with clients but allows me to help them understand themselves a little better as well. I have found that many individuals living with mental illness are very interested in understanding the neurological basis of their disorder.
Priscilla Villa ’13, team manager, the Providence Center