A biology degree from Saint Joseph’s University exposes you to all levels of biological organization, from the sub-cellular to the broad ecosystem. Our program is built with core courses covering the fundamentals of biology, a distribution of upper-level course across the major areas of biology and free electives.
Saint Joseph’s University’s Neuroscience program features interdisciplinary training that few colleges can match. Our program faculty are experts in a wide range of neuroscience specialties, allowing you to examine the nervous system across a variety of theoretical and clinical contexts. Our flexible program is also designed to fit your interests: You can take at least one course from with three neuroscience-related tracks:
- Molecular and medicinal neuroscience
- Clinical health neuroscience
- Theoretical neuroscience
What Can I Do With a Neuroscience Degree?
Neuroscience is a highly competitive field that’s projected to grow by 17% through 2030 — much faster than the average for occupations. The research experiences you gain through Saint Joseph’s University’s neuroscience degree program will position you to:
- Become a physician
- Serve the public as a healthcare provider
- Design or maintain equipment and devices as a biomedical engineer
- Conduct research in areas such as theoretical modeling of the nervous system, neurobiology or neuropsychology
- Thrive in graduate, medical or health professional school
What Sets Our Program Apart
Our neuroscience curriculum allows you to choose nine credits of neuroscience core electives which offer an in-depth study of the nervous system from a specific disciplinary approach. You’ll also choose 18 credits of more broadly applicable elective courses across three neuroscience-related tracks: molecular and medicinal neuroscience, clinical health neuroscience and theoretical neuroscience.
You’ll have the opportunity to conduct independent research starting your first year. You’ll work with renowned faculty and have access to state-of-the-art microscopy, model animal systems, EEG technology and modeling software and simulations.
You’ll get to work closely with faculty whose expertise extends across math, physics and statistics as well as biological, clinical, psychological, behavioral, pharmaceutical and theoretical areas.
Our interdisciplinary neuroscience major and minor program prepares you for the full spectrum of careers in a quickly growing field. You’ll also be ready for advanced education at graduate, medical and health professional schools.
Why Study Neuroscience in Philadelphia?
Philadelphia is in the heart of the health science industry and surrounded by more than 250 medical facilities. Additionally, connections with nearby research and medical institutions offer you opportunities for hands-on experiences. Our faculty’s extensive contacts include collaborations at Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Franklin Institute, the Monell Chemical Senses Center and other academic, government and private industry organizations.
Saint Joseph's University Faculty
- Kenneth Myers, PhD - Biology
- Matthew Nelson, PhD - Biology
- C. Nicole Sunnen, PhD - Biology
- Jennifer Tudor, PhD - Biology
- Adeboye Adejare, PhD - Pharmacology & Toxicology
- Shanaz Tejani Butt, PhD - Pharmacology & Toxicology
- Elia Eschenazi, PhD - Physics
- Gregory Thielman, PT, MSPT, ATC, EdD - Physical Therapy
- Stephen Moelter, PhD - Psychology
The interdisciplinary nature of the neuroscience major and minor requires familiarity with multiple disciplines. The curriculum begins with core science and mathematics courses in biology, chemistry, physics, and calculus and an orientation course in neuroscience that serves as a common starting point for all of our majors.
In the second and third year, students begin to complete a series of core neuroscience courses that provide our majors with a deep understanding of how the components of the nervous system work together to coordinate physiological and cognitive functions and how changes in regulation can impact thought and action. Neuroscience students add breadth to their major by exploring electives within multiple fields of study (e.g., biology, computer science, data science, pharmacology, physics, psychology), that extend beyond disciplinary boundaries and provide opportunities to explore areas of interest. A series of introductory and advanced research core courses, labs, and elective experiences “cap” the program, enabling students to demonstrate expertise with techniques and topics.
As a neuroscience major, you’ll take at least one course from each track — molecular and medicinal, clinical and theoretical — and then specialize in a track or tailor your electives to gain equal exposure to each area.
Double Majors and Minors
Here at Saint Joseph’s, we encourage you to double major or add a minor to make your experience rewarding and unique. The following majors or minors can complement your neuroscience degree:
Neuroscience Program Admissions Information
To apply for the Neuroscience BS program, complete an application online. SAT and/or ACT scores are optional but you can submit them if you think they will strengthen your application.
Learn more about admissions requirements and how to apply as a first-year student, transfer student or international student. You can also get a feel for life as a Hawk with our in-person and virtual visit opportunities.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The field of neuroscience explores the nervous system’s structure and function — and how it regulates almost all aspects of organisms, including our thoughts, behavior, sense of self and response to environments. By studying the nervous system, neuroscientists unlock the secrets behind what we do, how we think and what affects us.
The focus of neuroscientists’ work ranges. Some study how specific functions work in relation to the nervous system, while others research cellular processes, the underlying causes of drug addiction, brain activity during seizures, novel drug discovery, treatment methods for neurological disorders or new clinical approaches.