Behavioral Neuroscience Major

Serve others in need by discovering how the brain works.

Combine psychology, chemistry, biology, and mathematics to discover how what we think, feel, choose, and do are connected with the nervous system. Explore the brain and nervous system through hands-on labs and collaborative research. The Behavioral Neuroscience program will help you develop the knowledge and skills that can prepare you approach the common human experience with compassion and ethical integrity. Experience rewarding learning opportunities that will equip you for your next steps towards a career or graduate studies.

Connections Across Fields

This program integrates learning across fields including social, developmental, and clinical psychology, as well as biology, chemistry, and mathematics.

Collaborative Research

Collaborate with faculty and other students on laboratory research and online research opportunities.

What will I learn?

Through Houghton’s Behavioral Neuroscience program, you will gain hands-on experience and develop research skills as you:

  • Discover connections between the brain and nervous system and how those connections impact how we think, feel, and choose
  • Participate in labs and collaborative projects
  • Test theories by experimenting in the laboratory and in the world
  • Collaborate with faculty on research projects
  • Use state of the art equipment for data collection
  • Pull together important concepts from natural science, social sciences, and mathematics
  • Explore behavioral neuroscience through the lens of a Christian worldview

124 Credits


Required Courses


Elective and General Education

Degree Requirements

Hands-on Experience

Participate in a variety of experiments in your lab courses at Houghton. Take part in brain and spinal cord dissections, and collect real-time data using tests like the 64-channel EEG system, EMG, EKG, EOG. Grow as a researcher, coming up with your own questions and then designing and conducting experiments to find those answers. Your research could lead to publication in peer-reviewed journals or participating in presentations at conferences and symposiums.

Personalized Mentorship

In the Behavioral Neuroscience program you’ll have the opportunity to work one on one with your professors due to the small class size. Professors will help you develop critical thinking and content mastery during your time at Houghton. They will encourage your growth and development along your career path as you pursue God’s calling for your life. This includes feedback on written and oral communication, support with research, personalized course selection and mentorship.

Christian Worldview Focus

Learn about behavioral neuroscience thought a Christian lens. Faculty infuse their faith into their studies and teaching. You can expect that professors will care for your spiritual life and pray for you. Be challenged through powerful and Biblical discussions related to issues in behavioral neuroscience. Is the mind more than a complicated series of neurons? How do our Christian beliefs form how we think about and care for people struggling with emotional and behavioral problems?

Employment Expected to Grow 23%

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Application Requirements


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Documents and Supporting Materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript and your test scores (can be waived)
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Personal Statement

The personal statement portion of our application for admission is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story, to tell who you are and what is important to you.
Personal Statement

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