Why are we attracted to some people and not others? How do addictions develop, and what breaks the cycle? How do stressful events affect people’s bodies?
Explore your options — classes, internships, research and study abroad. Find what interests you, discover what you love, and create a major experience that jumpstarts your future.
The 行为神经科学 degree is a good fit for students who are interested in professional or research careers in medicine, pharmaceuticals, animal science, neurology, and neuroscience. Many pre-health students find this major a good fit because the degree requirements align with graduate school requirements. This also is helpful for students interested in pursuing other types of advanced degrees.
Then, you’ll take your education into the field with the 120-hour 研究 and Field Experience course. You’ll apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to real-life situations in a mental-health and addiction facility, a hospital, a physical therapy clinic, or a research lab. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to help people by using the tools of science to solve the mysteries of human behavior.
行为神经科学 majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s.
- Business development executive for startups
- Behavioral data coordinator at MediaScience
- Neuropsychiatry research coordinator at Baylor College of Medicine
- Outreach program and data coordinator for Girls Inc.
- School psychologist in Austin Independent School District
- PhD candidates in Colorado State University’s Molecular Neuroscience program, Icahan
- University’s 行为神经科学 program, Georgia State University’s Neuroscience Institute
- and North Carolina State University’s Applied Social and Community 心理学 program
行为神经科学 majors are outstanding scientists with excellent research skills. You’ll develop those skills in classes that include labs, so you can apply what you’ve learned, and in internships and research you conduct with professors.
The 行为神经科学 program helps you develop top-notch research skills. You’ll learn how to design and conduct your own study, analyze your data, and write a manuscript explaining the results.
Classes like 研究 Methods equip you with skills learned through hands-on experience. You’ll have the opportunity to assist faculty with their research projects and pursue your own area of inquiry. 行为神经科学 majors have examined the following topics:
- The impact of recreational drug and alcohol use on stress response
- The effect on testosterone of winning or losing in a competitive situation
- The influence of race and gender on pain empathy
- How sex education shapes people’s attitudes about gender, bodily autonomy and sex
Students present their research at professional academic conferences like the Southwestern Psychological Association, the Society for Neuroscience and the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. They win national awards and are accepted into top graduate programs in the country.
As an upperclassman, you’ll take the 研究 and Field Experience course, in which you’ll intern at a community organization, lab or clinical facility. 行为神经科学 majors have recently completed internships at the following sites:
- MD Anderson Cancer 研究 Center
- The Twin Project at the University of Texas
- Pricilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Lab
- BlueSprig, which specializes in Applied Behavior Analysis therapy for children with autism
- Anxiety Treatment Center of Austin
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Center for Autism and Related Disorders
- Trinity Child Development Center
Many students intern as research assistants for St. Edward’s professors who are conducting studies related to their specializations. Others intern as teaching assistants. At St. Edward’s, all classes are taught by professors, but student teaching assistants help tutor and lead study sessions. You’ll expand your communication and people skills by helping other students learn the material.
主要要求： The BS in 行为神经科学 requires 63 hours of major-specific courses, which include a combination of psychology and natural sciences coursework.
选修课： Students complete 9 hours of elective courses in any area of study they choose. These courses do not have to relate to the major.
普通教育 Requirements: The degree requires 48 hours of general education courses that students complete over four years in addition to their major courses and electives.
A few examples of courses students in this major take:
- 生物心理学 – Delves into the function and anatomy of the nervous system and the role it plays in directing thought and behavior.
- 行为神经科学 – Students will examine how the central nervous system mediates perceptions, emotions, memories, and other behaviors.
- 学习和认知 - Students study processes that span from invertebrates to humans, drugs to disease, and theories to clinical treatment. The course examines learning principles, memory processes, and cognitive skills.
Faculty and 学生支持服务
Dr. Boyette-Davis' research interests focus on the mechanisms and consequences of both pain and addiction. In her teaching and research efforts, Dr. Davis seeks to develop an environment that is both challenging and encouraging.
– Jessica Boyette-Davis, Program Director and Assistant Professor for 行为神经科学
Dr. Goldey enjoys working with students as they learn processes fundamental to psychological research: developing questions, reading relevant literature, collecting and analyzing data, and sharing findings with others. Dr. Goldey's research interests include hormones and behavior, evolution, human sexuality, gender, pair bonding/romantic relationships, and stress.
– Katherine Goldey, Assistant Professor of 心理学 and 行为神经科学
The faculty are trained in a variety of behavioral specialties in human and non-human animals, cellular and systems neuroscience, and clinical research.
Jessica Boyette-Davis - Pain systems, addiction
Mike Disch - Sensation and perception, vision, decision making
Katy Goldey - Stress and hormones, motivation and emotion, sexual selection
Delia Paskos - Cognitive neuroscience, event related potentials, ADHD
Fidelma O’Leary - Molecular neuroscience, learning and memory, disease models
Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage these resources that help them thrive and excel:
- Academic counseling and advising
- Supplemental instruction and tutoring
- Career preparation and advising