Behavioral neuroscience (BNS) is a multidisciplinary science that encompasses a wide variety of scientific pursuits. The field is unified around the common goal of investigating and understanding the biological basis of behavior and cognition.
Centre’s behavioral neuroscience (BNS) curriculum includes a strong emphasis in psychology and biology with additional courses in chemistry and mathematics.
Students interested in the cellular mechanisms of behavior are encouraged to take courses in biochemistry & molecular biology (BMB) to complement their major requirements. This multidisciplinary approach provides students with a broad foundation for understanding how behavior and thought processes are governed by neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and psychopharmacology.
The course work and research experiences behavioral neuroscience majors undertake include, but are not limited to, the following topics; human and animal behavior, brain-behavior interactions, nerve cell structure and function, chemical neurotransmission, the mechanisms of sensation and perception, and the neurological and behavioral effects of both therapeutic and recreational drugs. Overall students learn how fundamental concepts and principles in these areas are related to both normal and abnormal behavior.
Your Major Took You Where?*
|Baptist Health Physical Therapy||Ohio State University (Ph.D.)|
|Institute of Cellular Therapeutics||Xavier University (M.H.S.A.)|
|Heart and Stroke Foundation||National University of Health Sciences (D.C.)|
|Clinical Behavior Analysis||University of Tennessee Health Science Center (D.P.T.)|
|Children’s Therapeutics of Austin||Creighton University (O.T.D.)|
*A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates
“Although behavioral neuroscience sounds like a very specialized major, the courses are designed to help cultivate and develop useful skills that can be used in any career. Plus, it’s fascinating to learn and understand the mechanisms that motivate and drive humans and their behavior.”
Centre Class of 2018 • Behavioral Neuroscience Major
Research & World-Wide Study
Students have many opportunities to collaborate with faculty on meaningful scientific contributions. Student projects are commonly presented at professional meetings and/or published in professional journals, and many have won undergraduate research awards. Behavioral neuroscience students also have engaged in primate research in Barbados, and studied the roots of mindfulness in Japan. These projects and abroad experiences have provided students with useful research backgrounds for a wide variety of careers.
Centre has an extensive internship program in which many BNS students participate. Students have arranged internships at a community mental health center, a residential facility for children and adolescents, a substance treatment program, as well as with regional physical therapists, dentists, and area hospitals. Students have also interned at a zoo, a primate rescue center, a center for mental health policy, and a limb motor control lab. On several occasions, the internship experience has been a stepping stone to employment after graduation.
The BNS major gives students excellent preparation for medical, dental, and veterinary school, and other health professions. Centre students that earn a BNS degree often pursue advanced graduate and/or professional training in neuroscience, psychology, human or veterinary medicine, pharmaceutical science, and animal research. The qualifications of our graduates is reflected in the high number who gain admission to professional programs, and who gain employment in a related field.