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The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences offers degrees in Psychology or Neuroscience.
Psychology addresses behavior, thought, and intelligence. It includes the study of the brain, learning and development in children (and animals), and social interactions and group behavior. Because psychology spans the natural and social sciences, it provides an excellent domain in which to learn skills in analytic reasoning, problem solving, statistics, and dealing with people. The major gives all students a solid grounding in research and writing along with personal mentoring through research opportunities in faculty laboratories.
The degrees in psychology build cutting edge skills through courses on the most profound of all questions: the why and how of human behavior and thought. For those students interested in becoming psychologists, the requirements for the psychology major have been established to provide a sound foundation for graduate work in psychology.
Not all psychology majors become psychologists. Students who major in psychology enter cutting-edge careers in business, information technology, marketing, health care, law, research, education, social work, and beyond.
The Neuroscience degree is designed for students interested in pursuing graduate training in neuroscience, attending medical school, or obtaining a research-related position in biotechnology, the life sciences, or the pharmaceutical industry.
The program provides a tremendous depth of understanding of the field, from cellular and molecular bases of nervous system function to a systems-level approach to the study of brain-behavior relationships.