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Neuroscience (BS)

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SVSU's Neuroscience program emphasizes the fundamentals of neuroscience while exploring experimental approaches, current techniques, challenges and concepts within the ever evolving field. To prepare for an immersive, hands-on laboratory research experience at the undergraduate level, students must demonstrate competency in quantitative and evidence-based reasoning via their coursework. As students progress, they dig into research at the Neuroscience Research Laboratory and support faculty on existing projects or develop their own to improve upon academia's working knowledge of how the brain and nervous system function. The program is hyper-focused and committed to five areas of research and rehabilitative medicine: Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury and stroke. Students work side-by-side with nationally-recognized researchers, neurologists and neurosurgeons to publish papers and present at conferences across the nation. At SVSU, these cardinals don't just learn about and defend the latest studies—they advance them!

Cardinal Points

  • Students have a key role in the research conducted at the Neuroscience Research Laboratory at SVSU.

  • The program culminates with a field experience with neurologists or neurosurgeons in a faculty-approved organization or a capstone research experience.

  • SVSU's instructional facilities feature modern, fully-equipped laboratories that have major equipment available for separation and analysis, spectroscopy, surface analysis and more.  

  • Health Sciences faculty are widely published and have presented internationally, received numerous research grants and pride themselves on including undergraduate students in their research projects

SVSU’s Neuroscience program offers a strong foundation in biology, physiology and anatomy with an emphasis on chemistry, statistics and healthcare ethics. The overarching goal of the Neuroscience major is to provide students with the requisite academic background, technical skills and hands-on research experience that will allow them to successfully compete for admission to high-quality graduate or professional (medical, physical therapy, dentistry, etc.) schools or help them to advance in neuroscience-related jobs in both the private and public sectors.

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Graduate Programs

University of Texas - Austin
University of Kentucky
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
Medical University of South Carolina

Career Opportunities

Clinical Psychologist
Forensic Science

  • 8% projected growth for the employment of neuroscientists with a Ph.D. through 2028. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $84,810 is the median yearly pay for a neuroscientist in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Neuroscience program, students are prepared for graduate studies to take on careers as neurosurgeons, neuroscientists, researchers, and neurologists. 

Cardinal Successes

These stories offer insight into how SVSU students have turned their education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

Zackary Bowers Neuroscience Alum

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