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Neuroscience Major

Combine your passions for biology and psychology through this flexible program.

Explore the brain and nervous system through a Christian lens with hands-on labs and collaborative research. Houghton's unique program offers a range of courses in the natural sciences and psychology and will equip you with the skills needed to pursue a career or graduate studies.

Degree Snapshot

Undergraduate - Bachelor's

Degree Types: BS

Program Credits: 124

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What will I learn?

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Through Houghton’s degree in Neuroscience you will develop research skills as you:

  • Take part in guided dissections and collaborative projects
  • Combine experimental theory and practice in a laboratory setting
  • Use state-of-the-art equipment for data collection
  • Pull together important concepts from Biology and Psychology

Why study Neuroscience at Houghton?

Connections Across Fields

This flexible program gives you the unique opportunity to pursue both psychology and biology in the way that works best for you. Explore the important connections between these areas of study in an experiential learning setting.

Collaborative Research

All Neuroscience students must complete at least one semester of collaborative research. Work one-on-one with a professor to design, carry out, and analyze your research. Then, present your findings at the end of the semester. Explore a connection between biology and psychology or focus on only one. Students can also take on a Science Honors project and or a paid summer research position.

Hands-on Experience

Houghton's lab courses allow you to grow in your independence as a researcher. You will take part in brain and spinal cord dissections. In higher-level classes, you will also design, develop, and conduct your own experiments. This research can lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals or presentations at conferences.

Data collection may include tests like EEG, EMG, EKG, EOG, and observing reflexes and Action potential measurements.

Christian Worldview Focus

Learn about neuroscience with a Christian focus. Faculty infuse their faith into their studies and teaching. You can expect that professors will pray for you and care for your spiritual life. They will help you grow by having intentional Biblical discussions about issues in neuroscience. Is the mind more than a complicated series of neurons? How do our Christian beliefs affect how we view and treat neurological disorders and behaviors?

Courses & Degree Requirements

Popular Courses

PSY 354 Brain and Behavior

Discover the relationship between the brain and the nervous system. Learn how the brain makes sensation, emotion, learning, and communication possible. Then, recognize how mental disorders can affect them.

BIOL 355 Introduction to Neurobiology

An overview of the basic aspects of neurobiology. Learn about anatomy and development, memory and learning, and aging and disease.

CHEM 332 Biochemistry

An introduction to the structures, functions, and metabolic relationships involved in life processes.

Degree Options

BS - 124 credits

71-75 credits
Required Courses

49-53 credits
Elective courses + general education

BS Degree Requirements

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What can I do with a degree in neuroscience?

Career Opportunities

Students earning a BS degree in Neuroscience from Houghton University are prepared for careers as:

Typically requires additional graduate education.

Graduate School

Degree options for neuroscience majors:

  • PharmD
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Neuroscience Research
  • Psychology


Career growth for Epidemiologists.

From 2022 to 2032 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Plan Ahead For Your Postgraduate Studies

Houghton University has a collaborative agreement with D'Youville University for a select group of students to enter gain entry into their programs upon graduation from Houghton.

  • Doctorate of Physical Therapy (4+3)
  • Master in Occupational Therapy (4+3)
Learn more about partnership agreements
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of Houghton students are employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.

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Ready for what's next?

Discover if earning your degree in Neuroscience from Houghton University is right for you.