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Neurological conditions affect over one billion people worldwide. Neuroscientists study the functions of the brain and its impact on a person's behavior.

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  • The Neuroscience minor is an interdisciplinary program of study.  Students examine the relationship between the brain and behavior from a variety of perspectives, including biology, chemistry, psychology, and philosophy.  The aim of the minor is to allow students to enhance their understanding of how neuroscience relates to their majors and careers.  Health care professionals learn the neurological basis of sensation, movement, and disease.  Psychologists learn the biological underpinnings of the nervous system.  Biologists and chemists learn how the actions of neurons manifest in behavior and cognition.  Additionally, by interacting with faculty from a variety of disciplines, and presenting primary literature, students integrate knowledge and build a broad foundation in this dynamic field.

    Program Coordinators:  Dr. Jessica Cammarata, Dr. Shlomit Flaisher-Grinberg, Dr. Marian Langer, Dr. Stephen LoRusso, Dr. Justin Merry

    • Why study Neuroscience?
    • Career Opportunities
    • Pairing with a Major
    • Student Opportunities
    Why study Neuroscience?

    A minor in neuroscience enables students to make explicit the idea that neuroscience is truly an interdisciplinary science with foundations in Psychology, Biology, and Chemistry. It also enables students to enhance the career options through specialized training in this rapidly evolving field. This minor is well-suited to students who are contemplating professional or research careers.

    Degree Requirements

    The minor features two dedicated courses: NEUR 279 Introduction to Neuroscience, and NEUR 450 Neuroscience Seminar.  These courses provide the foundation of knowledge for the program.  In addition, those completing the minor must also develop a common background in biology, physiology, and psychology through foundational courses in those disciplines.  

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    Career Opportunities

    The minor is particularly popular among pre-medicine majors who plan to attend medical, dental, optometry, or veterinary schools.  Students in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant programs frequently pursue the minor to enhance their neuroscience background.

    Careers in neuroscience research are accessible to students in biology, chemistry, and psychology majors who pursue graduate school in neuroscience.  Such a career demands a strong background in molecular biology, psychology, and physiology.  Some physicians also choose to specialize in neuroscience after receiving their medical degrees (D.O. or M.D.). 

    Pairing with a Major

    While the minor is open to any student, the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor pairs particularly  well with the following majors:

    Core Disciplines:

    Health Science Majors:
    Exercise Physiology
    Occupational Therapy
    Physical Therapy
    Physician Assistant

    Student Opportunities

    Nu Rho Psi LogoSaint Francis University chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in Neuroscience is the ninety-first charter to have been granted since the National Neuroscience Honor Society was established in 2006, and the eleventh in Pennsylvania. The Saint Francis University chapter designation is “Kappa in Pennsylvania (k in PA).”

    Membership is by invitation and is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are making the study of Neuroscience one of their major interests and who meet other academic qualifications. Students who become members of Nu Rho Psi are selected based on their superior scholarly accomplishments as well as their interest and experience in research.

    Benefits of membership in Nu Rho Psi include:

    • Membership is for life and it is often a springboard for networking and research collaboration;

    • professional development and a co-curricular educational focus on the study of the nervous system;

    • regional and national meetings where young neuroscientists from around the country gather to share scientific findings;

    • competitive travel awards for members to attend and present their research at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting;

    • competitive research grants to facilitate our members’ senior theses or other scholarly projects;

    • grants available to promote University educational and community initiatives;

    • mentorship through publications, and support to foster other outreach activities of the Society.

    For more information, contact SFU Chapter Advisor, Dr. Shlomit Flaisher-Grinberg.