Where biology and psychology meet

Dive into dedicated neuroscience classes and deeply connect with peers and professors making discoveries about the brain.

Are you interested in linking brain anatomy to behavior? Then a path in behavioral neuroscience is for you. Do you see yourself dissecting samples and studying how the brain works? You'll like our functional neuroscience courses.

Your interests dictate your focus, and you'll collaborate with faculty mentors who share your interests.

Your opportunities after graduation are as diverse as neuroscience itself.

Our graduates accept jobs with pharmaceutical companies, research facilities or as teachers. Some go into the medical field. Combined with our health care studies minor, you're primed for:

  • Medical school
  • Veterinary school
  • Physical therapy 
  • Speech therapy
  • Accelerated nursing programs

They also go to graduate school in neuroscience, psychology, biology or business.

Undergraduate only

You won't compete with graduate students for lab time or to work on the best projects. Our focus is you, and you'll reap the rewards. 

Everything from amnesia and animal personality to why we hoard or become addicted to drugs can be explored through neuroscience research-and is being investigated here.

Every year, we send one of the largest delegations among schools our size to the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Students also present at professional neuroscience conferences and win national awards for their research.

Our students go on to graduate school at:

College of Mt. St. Vincent
DeSales University
Moravian College
The Pennsylvania State University
San Jose State University
University of New England
Wilkes University

The B.S. degree in neuroscience requires 61 semester hours in biology, chemistry, and psychology, with grades of C- or better in the required major courses. The program involves 37 semester hours of required major courses that serve as the major's foundation, providing students with an understanding of the disciplines that come together to make up the field of neuroscience. In addition, the 61 semester hour total includes 12 semester hours of chemistry courses. Another 12 semester hours of upper-division electives are taken, which must include at least one course with a laboratory component. The neuroscience major capstone represents a full academic year of extended experimental investigation in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Neuroscience students will be able to complete many of their Central Curriculum requirements within the major.

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37        Required Major Courses

4 NEUR-101 Introduction to Neuroscience
4 NEUR-510 Neuroscience Student Research I
4 NEUR-511 Neuroscience Student Research II
4 BIOL-102 Cell Biology and Genetics
4 BIOL-455 Functional Neuroanatomy
4 PSYC-101 Principles of Psychology
4 PSYC-123 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
4 PSYC-223 Research Methods in Psychology
4 PSYC-342 Behavioral Neuroscience
1 PSYC-360 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience

12        Cognate Chemistry Courses

4          General Chemistry I (CHEM-101, CHEM-103, CHEM-111)

4          General Chemistry II or Structure and Reacativity (CHEM-102, CHEM-104 or CHEM-232)

4          CHEM-221 Organic Chemistry I

12        Advanced Electives (at least one elective must include a laboratory component)

4          BIOL-300 and BIOL-301 Developmental Biology and lab

4          BIOL-302 and BIOL-303 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and lab

4          BIOL-306 and BIOL-307 Cell Biology and lab

4          BIOL-310 and BIOL-311 Animal Physiology and lab

4          BIOL-316 and BIOL-317 Molecular Biology and lab

4          BIOL-319 Advanced Genetics

4          BIOL-320 and BIOL-321 Exercise and Extreme Physiology and lab

4          BIOL-324 and BIOL-325 Animal Behavior and lab

4          BIOL-400 and BIOL-401 Immunology and lab

4          BIOL-440 and BIOL-441 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology and lab

4          CHEM-302 Medicinal Chemistry

4          BIOL-424/CHEM-424 and BIOL-429/CHEM-429 The Biochemistry of Metabolism and lab

4          BIOL-422/CHEM-422 and BIOL-423/CHEM-423 The Biochemistry of Nucleic Acid and lab

4          BIOL-426/CHEM-426 and BIOL-427/CHEM-427 The Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes and lab

4 CSCI-235 Artificial Life
4 HLCR-302 Human Physiology
4 NEUR-500 Topics in Neuroscience
4 PSYC-320 Abnormal Psychology
4 PSYC-340 Cognitive Psychology
4 PSYC-344 Learning Processes
4 PSYC-346 Sensation and Perception
4 PSYC-348 Psycholinguistics
1 PSYC-361 Laboratory in Cognitive Psychology
1 PSYC-362 Laboratory in Learning Processes
1 PSYC-363 Laboratory in Sensation and Perception
James Briggs, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Email Address briggsj@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4388

Tammy C. Tobin, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology


Margaret T. Peeler, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology

Email Address mpeeler@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4207

Matthew Persons, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Professor of Biology


Erin Rhinehart, Ph.D.

Department: Biology
Associate Professor of Biology

Email Address rhinehart@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-2008

Kathleen Bailey, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology


Jennifer Asmuth, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology

Email Address asmuth@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4713

Samuel Day, Ph.D.

Department: Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology


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Neuroscience Program

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Jim Briggs

Fisher Hall

Tammy Tobin

Natural Sciences Center

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