Neuroscience is the scientific study of the brain and nervous system, both healthy and diseased. A bachelor's degree in Neuroscience prepares you for advanced study leading to careers in the health professions, mental health, research and teaching.
Representative Job Titles and Area of Specialization
- Animal Behaviorist
- Artificial Intelligence Researcher
- Cognitive Psychologist
- Computational Neuroscience
- Developmental Psychologist
- Educational Psychologist
- Occupational Therapist
- Physical Therapist
- Physiological Psychologist
- Psychiatric Technician
- Public Health Research
- Speech Therapist
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Nature of the Work
Neuroscience researchers work on a broad range of topics including: memory; human and animal behavior; learning; psychosomatic disorders; aging, and drug dependency.
Places of Employment
- Biotechnology companies
- County & state departments of public health
- Department of Defense
- Genetic engineering companies
- Medical research centers
- Medical supply and diagnostic firms
- Mental health clinics
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- National research centers
- Pharmaceutical firms
- Social service agencies
- Universities and colleges
- Veterans administration
A bachelor's degree qualifies you for some entry-level jobs in Neuroscience depending on the type of courses you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad.
If you have a master's degree, some opportunities are available to work as a research associate.
Most of the jobs for Neuroscientists require a graduate degree or professional training beyond the bachelor's degree.
If you are planning on a career in research or teaching at a university, you will need a Ph.D.
For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.
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- Medical Fields
- Public Health