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Neuropsychology

Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience or Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Neuropsychology is a subfield of both Psychology and Neuroscience that is concerned with how the brain and the rest of the nervous system influences a person's cognition and behaviors. More importantly, professionals often focus on how injuries or illnesses of the brain affect cognitive functions and behaviors. Through the required psychology internship, students will have the invaluable opportunity to work with clients who live with mental illness, substance abuse and/or brain injuries.

Students will learn key concepts as they relate to:

  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neural development
  • Electrophysiology
  • Intracellular signaling
  • Nervous system regulation of functions within an organism 

Majoring in Neuropsychology will prepare students to join the workforce with careers in mental health, rehabilitation, assisted-living, the pharmaceutical industry, and/or residential facilities. They are also prepared for advanced graduate study and a career in research or clinical work. Neuropsychology is also frequently referred to as “Behavioral Neuroscience.”


Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience Option: 

In the Neuropsychology major within the Neuroscience program, students will learn key concepts in neuroscience as they relate to neuroanatomy, neural development, electrophysiology, intracellular signaling, and nervous system regulation of functions within an organism, etc. They will develop familiarity and proficiency in basic laboratory skills in neuroscience and be able to critically evaluate experimental data either via primary literature or through data generated from their own project. They will also develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains and be able to describe applications of psychology.

Students will gain hands-on research experience in at least one summer research program and learn how to communicate using oral or written media. They will be able to demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology. Students in the program will emerge with realistic ideas about how to implement psychological knowledge, skills, and values in an occupational pursuit.

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! 

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: 

  • Neuroscience & Behavior Master's Program at UMASS Amherst
  • Basic Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. at University of South Dakota

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Option: 

In the Neuropsychology major within the Psychology program, students will learn key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology. They will develop a working knowledge of psychology’s content domains and be able to describe applications of psychology. Students will also learn key concepts in neuroscience as they relate to neuroanatomy, neural development, electrophysiology, intracellular signaling, nervous system regulation of functions within an organism and develop familiarity and proficiency in basic laboratory skills in neuroscience.

Students will use scientific reasoning to interpret psychological phenomena and demonstrate psychology information literacy. They will engage in innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving as well as interpret, design, and conduct basic research and incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry. In the program students will apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice. They will apply psychological content and skills to career goals and exhibit self-efficacy and self-regulation. Students will be able to participate in summer research opportunities, career shadowing, co-ops, and professional conferences.

Community Partners with the Psychology Program for 2018: