What is it?
Neuroscience generally includes all scientific fields involving the
nervous system including Psychology even though Psychology may be
considered a sub-field of neuroscience. However, some mind/body
theorists argue that the definition goes the other way. Neuroscience
uses molecular biology techniques in exploring all aspect of the
structure and function of the nervous system.
Neuroscience is a versatile degree that allows one to be involved in
different areas of neurobiological related research including spinal
Neurological and psychiatric disorders affect a growing number of
individuals—nearly one in five Americans in a given year and more than
two billion people worldwide. Furthermore, the scope of neuroscience is
vast—ranging from the most basic cellular-level research to
translational medicine—and many unanswered questions remain. Interesting
niche areas have emerged in neuroscience research such as neuroeconomics,
neuromarketing, and neural networks. Together, these factors make
neuroscience one of the more exciting and opportunity-laden fields in
which to pursue a scientific career
Most programs are graduate programs that offer
and PhD degrees.
Those with PhD training in this area usually end up in private or
academic research. The type of research is basic science research so
those who are thinking about this field should be aware that the
research is mostly basic science research. For more information please
refer to the Association of Neuroscience
Departments and Programs.
neuroscience prepares students for a wide range of career paths.
Since the brain is involved in every important human endeavor, understanding brain function and dysfunction is critical in many
fields, including medicine, psychology, law, engineering, education,
and public policy. Since neuroscience is a highly interdisciplinary
field, students learn to incorporate knowledge from many levels (from
molecules to man) to solve complex problems. Rigorous training in a
highly relevant field provides neuroscience students with a wide range
of career options.
Other Careers that benefit
from a Neuroscience Perspective