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Neurobiology

Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience

Neuroscience is the study of the brain, the nervous system and all its related functions. Because the nervous system controls nearly every function within an organism, better understanding of its inner workings require the contributions of several different disciplines including psychology, biology, chemistry, physics, and computer science. The neuroscience curriculum reflects this type of training; the major introduces students to a broad range of concepts in neuroscience while providing them with a foundation in the sciences and mathematics. For example, through the curriculum, students will cultivate an understanding of how chemical composition, genes and protein structure, all contribute to the proper functioning of the nervous system.

With a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Neuroscience and a major in Neurobiology, students are well positioned to pursue advanced studies in neuroscience, medicine, or a related field in life sciences. Furthermore, the student’s knowledge in a given area of neuroscience can be specialized with tailored electives, such as neuropharmacology, cognitive neuroscience and more. Lastly, given the extent of research requirements in the curriculum, the student may have the option of pursuing a research-related career or profession soon after graduation.

The major in Neurobiology consists of six courses in neuroscience that will train students in foundational concepts in neuroscience in addition to basic laboratory skills. Further coursework will prepare students in scientific inquiry, writing and communication. As part of their requirements, students will be research experience in a laboratory examining research questions within neuroscience. Students may also specialize within the major through five electives developed specifically for the major.

Bay Path Science Student Places 8th in Video Competition!

The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) held a contest called "Film your research". This contest had the goal to get scientists connected with the concept of “visual science” by making a 2-minute video featuring a researcher performing a scientific experiment/technique in the laboratory or in the field. Nicole Gousy, a Bay Path science student, placed 8th out of 200 submissions from graduate students, post-docs, and research scientists. Check out her video below! Nicole also won a poster award for her work at the Active Site 2017 conference at Northeastern University. She was awarded a $500 travel award to attend the American Society for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Annual Meeting in San Diego!  

Students in the Neuroscience program have participated in various research opportunities at sites including:

  • Harvard Medical School
  • Brandeis University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of North Dakota
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Graduates of the Neuroscience Program have:

  • Entered doctoral programs
  • Obtained jobs as research technicians
  • Pursued jobs at a pathology company

NEU250: Research Methods in Neuroscience - Neurobiology and neuropsychology majors completed an assay called immunofluorescence. This assay generated brain tissue that could be imaged on our brand new confocal microscope. What you are looking at is an image of several neurons that express a protein used to make the brain chemical dopamine.

Recent graduate school acceptances: 

  • Bridges to the Future Program at UMASS Amherst (obtaining M.Ed. to teach high school Biology)
  • Neuroscience Ph.D. at West Virginia University

Bay Path opened my eyes to my own potential. I learned to advocate for myself, ask for help when I need it, and set and achieve goals beyond my wildest dreams, like landing a position in a research laboratory even before completing my bachelor’s degree. A couple of years ago, I job-shadowed a friend who was a work-study student in a Harvard Medical School neurobiology lab. Through that experience, Dr. Victoria Abraria offered me a position assisting in her research on sensory systems. Despite already having three part-time jobs and attending school full-time, I chose to "seize the day" and take the opportunity—a decision that has since opened many more doors for me. After completing my bachelor’s degree, I was offered a full-time position with Harvard Medical School. In a few months, I will be conducting research on a new project and taking on lab management responsibilities. As I continue gaining experience in neuroscience, I hope to go on to a Ph.D. program. My bachelor’s degree is an essential step in completing my career goals in the science field." - Karleena, Neurobiology Major