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Neuroscience Major

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Bethel’s B.S. in Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary major offered by the biology and psychology departments and includes chemistry, mathematics, and related courses. This intensely research-focused degree will prepare you for competitive graduate and medical schools and for success in your future career.

Why should I study neuroscience?

The neuroscience field continues to grow and become more in demand. Our students will be placed at the forefront of demand in emerging careers that utilize the skills and knowledge that a foundation in neuroscience provides. Your Bethel professors possess expertise in their varied research interests and are committed to leading you toward excellence and distinction through hands-on experiences both inside and outside the classroom. The neuroscience degree gives you the flexibility to pursue a wide variety of interest areas while helping you stand out as you pursue advanced degrees and career opportunities.

What can I do with this degree?

Students who major in neuroscience at Bethel will be prepared to pursue graduate programs in:

  • Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Speech pathology
  • Veterinary medicine

Students can pursue careers in:

  • Academia
  • Audiology
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical research
  • Marketing consulting
  • Mental health
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Public Policy
  • Research

What skills will I develop?

Our students will gain skills in:

  • Data analysis
  • Research techniques
  • Experimental design and interpretation
  • Behavioral analysis
  • Human cadaver dissection
  • Small animal surgery
  • Critical thinking
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Understanding the relationship of science to biomedical, economic, and ethical opportunities and challenges
  • Integrating the Christian faith with neuroscience

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Conduct Independent Research

Students will complete a research project one-on-one with a faculty member, and professors help students access research opportunities outside of Bethel. The research-focused intensity of the neuroscience major is unique to Bethel and gives students the research and publication experience that graduate schools look for in applicants.

Gain Extensive Lab Experience

The blending of biology and psychology provides students with skills in animal and human research techniques. Bethel’s research methods course includes 8 hours of lab each week.

Complete Pre-Med Requirements

Students can choose the course of study built into the neuroscience major that will allow them to complete all pre-med requirements.

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National awards for Biology Honor Societies


national and regional student research presentation awards

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