ABOUT

The mission of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is to lead scientific advances with the goal of understanding how the entire brain-behavior system works, from molecular neuroscience to cognition to the social behavior of groups and to translate scientific knowledge into practical solutions for problems that impact human lives. 

Our goal for students in all programs is that they will become intrigued by the questions, answers, and conduct of psychological science, and appreciate the stunning complexity of the brain, mind, and behavior. 

Why should I study Psychology?

Psychology is the largest major in the College of Arts and Sciences. If you are interested in social relationships, mental disorders, child development, the relationship between humans and animals, criminality, or any of the many other ways in which humans behave and interact, one of the Psychology degrees may be a good fit for you.

Why should I study Neuroscience?
Neuroscience is one of the fastest growing undergraduate programs in the College. Students in this program will gain a depth of understanding in neuroscience, from the cellular and molecular bases of nervous system functioning to a higher systems-level approach to the study of brain behavior relationships. A comprehensive understanding of the relation between chemical, biological and neural systems as they relate to behavior. An overview of the neurobiology of disorders such depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease.

Application to the Human Experience

The Neuroscience major attracts students from a variety of backgrounds and interests. They typically possess some of the following qualities:
  • A strong general interest in science, along with a specific interest in understanding how the nervous system works to control behavior
  • Aspiration to pursue a career in medicine, veterinary medicine, or pharmacy
  • Desire to pursue post-graduate training in neuroscience or other life sciences
  • Desire to obtain a research-related position (e.g., laboratory technician, research assistant) in biotechnology, the life sciences, or the pharmaceutical industry

Professional Skills and Development

 The development of skills that are characteristic of successful professionals (e.g. oral and written communication, project management, collaboration, and facility with technologies for creating, analyzing, and disseminating information), and that extend disciplinary knowledge into a range of professions and industries.

Diversity

Awareness of and adherence to ethical standards when conducting and evaluating psychological science and practice, when communicating results, and in all other endeavors.

Ethics

Awareness of and adherence to ethical standards when conducting and evaluating psychological science and practice, when communicating results, and in all other endeavors.