Consciousness. Emotion. Sleep. Creativity. Mental Health. Intelligence. Memory. Learning. Imagination. Sight. Hearing. Touch. Smell. Taste. Movement. Balance. Coordination.
If the brain operates correctly, all of these functions are taken for granted. However, when the brain or nervous system works improperly the results can be devastating. Working collaboratively worldwide, scientists are striving to realize the vast complexities of the brain and its disorders. Treatments for these illnesses, and above all, knowledge about the intricacies of the brain, continue to be discovered through neuroscience research.
Most simply, neuroscience is the study of the nervous system and all its related functions, which includes basic functions such as sleeping and eating to more complex functions such as decision-making, planning and abstract thinking. As a discipline, neuroscience is interdisciplinary and combines research from psychology, biology, chemistry, physics and computer science to better understand how the brain functions.
Due to its interdisciplinary nature, with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience you have a variety of career options.
As part of your degree requirements, you will:
- Take courses in biology, chemistry, math and neuroscience to provide them with the core knowledge and laboratory skills in the field of neuroscience.
- Be prepared in scientific reading and writing, skills that employers and graduate and professional schools value.
- Gain hands-on research experience in an area of neuroscience that will culminate into a senior thesis in their last year at Bay Path College.
Five-year BS/MS Track:
The College has established a five-year BS/MS track with the Neuroscience and Behavior Program (NSB) at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, where Bay Path College Neuroscience undergraduates may have the opportunity to complete the terminal Master's degree within the NSB program, following graduation for Bay Path College.
Requirements for Consideration:
- Indicate an interest in joining the program no later than by the end of sophomore year.
- Complete core courses in the curriculum (except NEU498, NEU499 and any electives) by the end of junior year.
- Have and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 beginning in the Fall of Junior Year.
- With the help of the neuroscience faculty at Bay Path College you will select a UMass Neuroscience and Behavior faculty member with whom to conduct a paid internship during summer between junior and senior year.
- Take GREs in spring of junior or fall of senior year.
- Meet all UMass graduate school requirements.
- Complete application for the UMass Master's program in fall of senior year.
- Begin/continue master's research in the summer after graduation.