Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, particularly the workings of the brain. Vitally important, the nervous system controls how we behave, how we feel and how we function.
The neuroscience major at The University of Scranton is interdisciplinary, combining biology, psychology, chemistry and physics. Of critical importance is the study of diseases, which impact the brain and other areas of the nervous system. Research seeks to understand causes and discover successful treatments. Students gain an understanding of the brain by exploring the behavioral, cellular and anatomical aspects of the nervous system.
Why Neuroscience is in Demand:
- Science technologies are among the top college majors most in demand according to CareerBuilder.com.
- Neuroscience is a rapidly rising field. In 1969, the Society for Neuroscience boasted a mere 400 members. Currently, it has over 40,000.
- Opportunities for well-paid research and teaching jobs. Salaries for assistant, associate and full neuroscience professors range from $50,000 to $99,999 per year. Some highly paid associate or full neuroscience professors earned as much as $100,000 to $199,999 per year.
- There are also opportunities to work in pharmaceutical research, the federal government, science writing and publishing, and lobbying for science trade associations in Washington, D.C.
Is it for me?
- Interested in a broad range of science disciplines?
- Inquisitive and determined?
- Motivated to solve challenging problems?
- An avid reader of science books?
Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Neuroscience
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Where will neuroscience take me?
Neuroscience will take you into some of the most exciting and groundbreaking work of our time. Our graduates pursue careers in:
- University research
- Other areas of advanced study
You’ll find Scranton neuroscience graduates at world-class research institutions like:
- Columbia University
- Cornell Medical Center
- Drexel University
- Harvard Medical School
- New York University
- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
- Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute
- University of Massachusetts
Top Graduate Schools
Just some of the prestigious graduate schools which have admitted our recent neuroscience graduates:
Medical, Dental or Veterinary Schools
- Drexel College of Medicine
- Hershey Medical College
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Salus University
- Temple University Podiatry School
- Thomas Jefferson Medical College
- Tufts Veterinarian School
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Yale Medical School
- Brown University
- Drexel College of Medicine
- Lehigh University
- University of Connecticut
- University of Scranton
- Vanderbilt University
- Villanova University
- West Virginia University
- Yale University
How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge
Neuroscience training is a thoroughly interdisciplinary program. Students have honed the ability to interact with other areas, which is becoming very important. As professionals, they are likely to interact with a psychologist or chemist one day, then a biologist or mathematician the next. Their experience and comfort-level in working with others will make them stand out.
Being able to demonstrate significant research experience plus having published studies or delivered national presentations will jump off of your resume as employers or admissions officers consider your application. The significant undergraduate research opportunities make a big difference in credentials.
Ultimately, demonstrated skills in problem-solving and analytical thinking, along with practiced techniques for research and collaboration give University of Scranton graduates a competitive edge.
Many students have told us they were impressed with the broad and extensive list of Neuroscience topics we cover and the research opportunities offered. In addition, students feel changes in the MCAT are supported best by the Neuroscience curriculum.
- Robert Waldeck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Director