The Neuroscience Track is designed to provide students with the fundamental understanding, academic background, technical skills, and hands-on research experiences to successfully prepare students for graduate education in neuroscience related fields, prepare students for professional school (e.g., medical school), and compete for neuroscience-related jobs in the private and public sectors. In addition to academic science careers and medicine, neuroscientists can pursue a number of career paths including academic and pharmaceuticals research, program management within government and non-profit agencies, science writing and publishing, education, and science advocacy.
The Neuroscience Track will emphasize breadth and depth of knowledge, mentoring, hands-on laboratory and research experience, and the interdisciplinary connections in science. The program blends targeted liberal studies, psychology, biology and chemistry courses to provide students with an optimal interdisciplinary training. The track will culminate with a senior capstone research project in which students will propose a scientific question and research plan, implement, analyze and interpret data, and present the findings at the annual SRU Symposium for Creative, Scholarly and Research or and equivalent regional conference in the Fall or Spring.
Students are required to maintain minimum Overall and Psychology GPAs of 3.0 in order to retain the major in Psychology. Students are required to earn a grade of C or higher in Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 105) in order to take all other Psychology courses. Students are required to earn a grade of C or higher in Psychological Science I: Research Methods (PSYC 231) or Introduction to Experimental Psychology/Lab (PSYC 325/326), and a grade of C or higher in Psychological Science II: Statistical Applications (PSYC 232) or Introduction to Behavioral Statistics (PSYC 221) in order to progress in the program. Each course can only be repeated once.