Neuropsychology, B.S.

Students conduct research in the psychobiology lab

Explore the human brain to fuel research, innovation and discovery

Channel your curiosity about the human brain and behavior in our innovative Neuropsychology program. Fusing core components of biology and psychology, this program prepares students for an impactful career in the growing field of neuroscience.

You’ll explore the concepts behind normal human behavior, from learning and memory to sensation and perception. You’ll also examine complex neurological conditions like dementia, addiction and mood and movement disorders.

Your interests inspire what you study and faculty advisors will work with you to develop a course plan that prepares you for the next step in your academic and/or professional career. Our specialized course sequences will allow you to fulfill pre-med requirements, preparing you for medical school and careers in clinical neuropsychology, mental health counseling, occupational therapy and physician assistant studies.

Guided by faculty experts in our cutting-edge labs, you’ll gain the research, analytic and communication skills that will make you stand out in your career — or in your application to graduate or medical school.

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We've created specialized course sequences with recommended electives that allow you to fulfill pre-med requirements for medical school, or the following careers:

  • Clinical Psychology / Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physician Assistant

Your academic advisor will work with you to develop a course plan that prepares you for the next step in your academic and/or professional career.

To get your Bachelor of Science degree, you’ll complete 128 credits between courses for the University Discovery Program and your major. Here is an example of what your course sequence might look like:

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First Year - Fall Semester

  • BIOL 413 – Principles of Biology I
    Lecture and Laboratory introduction to biological principles; cell structure, function, replication, energetics and transport mechanisms; physiological processes; Mendelian, molecular genetics and gene technology. 

  • ENGL 401 - First Year Writing, or Inquiry Course:
    Training to write more skillfully and to read with more appreciation and discernment. Frequent individual conferences for every student. 
  • PSYC 401 – Introduction to Psychology:
    Psychology as a behavioral science; its theoretical and applied aspects. Includes research methods, behavioral neuroscience, sensation and perception, cognition, learning, development, personality, psychopathology, and social psychology. To experience actively the nature of psychological research students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of studies as part of a laboratory experience.

  • Discovery Course
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First Year - Spring Semester

  • BIOL 414 – Principles of Biology II:
    Lecture and laboratory survey of the five kingdoms of life; physiology of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; evolution; human impact on the biosphere. Required for students majoring in the life sciences.

  • PSYC 402 – Statistics in Psychology:
    Design, statistical analysis, and decision making in psychological research. Probability, hypothesis-testing, and confidence intervals. Conceptualization, computation, interpretation, and typical applications for exploratory data analysis (including measures of central tendency, variability), t-tests, correlations, bivariate regression, one-way analysis of variance, and chi square. Introduction to computer methods of computation.

  • PSYC 531 – Psychobiology:
    Introduces the behavioral neurosciences. Surveys research conducted by psychologists to learn about the biological basis of behavior: development, sensation, perception, movement, sleep, feeding, drinking, hormones, reproduction, stress, emotions, emotional disorders, learning, and memory. 

  • Discovery Course
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Second Year - Fall Semester

  • CHEM 403 – General Chemistry:
    Fundamental laws and concepts applied to nonmetals, metals, and their compounds. For students who plan to take further chemistry courses. Previous chemistry recommended. Knowledge of algebra, exponentials, and logarithms required. 

  • PSYC 502 – Research Methods in Psychology:
    Research design, including experimental and correlation design; internal versus external validity; measurement; writing a research report; graphic and statistical methods for summarizing data; sampling; and special problems such as experimenter effects, reactivity of measurement, and others. The use of hypothesis testing and data analysis in research

  • Discovery Course
  • Discovery Course

Second Year - Spring Semester

  • GEN 604 – Principles of Genetics:
    Chemical structure of genetic material, Mendelism, gene recombination, and chromosome mapping. Mutation, gene expression and regulation, recombinant DNA. Quantitative inheritance and population genetics.

  • PSYC 500-level Course​
  • PSYC 705 – Tests and Measurements:
    Testing intelligence, creativity, achievement, interests, and personality. Test construction; evaluation; relation to psychological theory, research, and practice.

  • Discovery Course
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Third Year - Fall Semester

  • PSYC or BIO 600- or 700-level course
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course

Third Year - Spring Semester

  • PSYC or BIO 600- or 700-level course
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course
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Fourth Year - Fall Semester

  • PSYC or BIO 600- or 700-level course​ 
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

  • PSYC or BIO 600- or 700-level course​ 
  • PSYC 700-level Senior Capstone
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course

 

The Neuropsychology program utilizes lab spaces in both biology and psychology to meet your unique research needs.

Neuropsychology Lab

Explore the brain and its relation to the emotional, physical, cognitive and social behaviors in people. You’ll examine the long-term effects of brain injuries and neurological diseases, perform brain dissections to study the physiology of pathological states and use clinical neuropsychology tools to evaluate IQ, learning and memory.

BIOLOGY LABS

Because of the popularity of our biology-based programs, we’ve more than doubled our laboratory space. State-of-the-art labs in biology, microbiology and chemistry are stocked with the latest equipment and are taught by specialists in the discipline.

Sensation and Perception Lab

Get hands-on experience in visual perception in this multi-purpose, two-room laboratory. Conducting research individually, in teams and with faculty, you'll use industry tools like a Wheatstone stereoscope to project 3D images, a pump-based chair for subject positioning and computer-controlled LED-based colorimeter for experiments in color-naming and color-matching.

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Our Neuropsychology program focuses on healthy brain function as well as the biological changes caused by neurological diseases, mental illnesses and drug use. Through hands-on experience in labs and in the field, you’ll have the flexibility to customize your research to the future you want.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects rapid growth in neuroscience-related careers, from healthcare to social assistance to therapy. Our program is designed to help you meet that demand, preparing you for success in your career, or in graduate or medical school.

Job Title Job Growth Average Salary
Biological Technician 5% $41,650
Clinical, Counseling or School Psychologist 19% $72,580
Medical or Clinical Laboratory Technician 16% $50,550
Medical Scientist 8% $82,240
Occupational Therapist 27% $80,150
Physician Assistant 30% $98,180
Physician or Surgeon 14% $187,200
Substance Abuse or Behavioral Disorder Counselor 22% $39,980

Internships

Our campus is in the heart of the region’s cultural, economic, entertainment and government activity — putting unlimited internship opportunities at your doorstep. We’ve partnered with local businesses to give you the real-world experience that sets you apart. Our neuropsychology and biology students have interned at many high-profile organizations in the area, including:

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Hampshire
  • Easter Seals
  • Elliot Hospital
  • The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester
  • Sununu Youth Services Center
  • The Webster House
Senior Capstone

The Senior Capstone puts your classroom learning into action through an internship or hands-on research project.

  • The internship course is designed to give you real-world experience in one of several cooperating New Hampshire mental health/rehabilitation facilities.
  • The research option allows you to work with faculty to explore a topic within physiological psychology, perception and cognition.

If you live in New England and your state does not offer a bachelor's-level Neuropsychology program at a public college or university, the New England Regional Student Program allows you to enroll in our program at a reduced tuition rate.

Course Sequence

Interested in a sample course sequence for this program?

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Course Schedule

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