Neuroscience is the study of the structure and function of the nervous system. Neuropsychology, which is a sub-field of neuroscience, is the study of the brain and its relationship to affect, behavior, and cognition. Neuropsychology is one of the most rapidly growing fields of study, and with a background in neuropsychology, students have access to a wide variety of careers such as:
- Rehabilitative Science (e.g., traumatic brain injury, concussion, stroke, etc.)
- Developmental Disabilities (e.g., Autism, ADD/ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, etc.)
- Education and Special Education
- Sports Health/Medicine
- Gerontology and Neurorehabilitation
- Psychiatric Nursing
- Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapy
- Public Health, Law and Ethics
- Basic and Applied Clinical Research
- Psychometric Testing
- Diagnostic Technology
- Mental Health Counseling (MHC)
- Research and Development of Industrial Applications for Assistive Technologies
The Psychology Department is confident that students minoring in this rapidly expanding field will make our students significantly more competitive, both for employment and in their pursuit of advanced graduate/professional training in related academic and professional settings.
The program is designed as a sequence of interdisciplinary courses, rooted in a unique neuroscience and a social justice framework, offering a broad range of topics to best prepare students with a competitive edge in the global job market. This minor is intended for a broad range of students interested in careers within, but not limited to, the following fields: psychology, forensic/criminal sciences, nursing, developmental disabilities, special education, gerontology/rehabilitative science, mental health counseling, pharmacology, psychiatry, neurology, neurobiology, public health, law and ethics, basic and clinical research, psychometric testing and diagnostic technology, and other related industries.
The minor is offered by the Psychology Department, and has been designed so that it is particularly accessible to Psychology, as well as, other majors. The minor has been constructed so that students from any overlapping discipline will be able to complete the major with four courses in addition to their major requirements (see Proposed Catalog copy, next page).