Neuropsychology Major (B.S.)

Neuropsychology Major (B.S.)

Neuropsychology Major

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.

What is neuropsychology?

A fusion of psychology and biology, neuropsychology examines the biological basis for human functioning. This growing field includes the study of healthy brain functioning, like consciousness and memory, as well as complex neurological conditions like movement and mood disorders, dementia and addiction. There is still much to discover about human brain function and its impact on development, attention control, stress, cognition and more.

Why study neuropsychology at UNH Manchester?

The biologically-based neuropsychology program at UNH Manchester gives students a more lab-centered experience than traditional psychology programs. Research is central to our program, bringing students and faculty together in cutting-edge laboratories to work on impactful projects on topics from concussions to Parkinson’s disease. Guided by faculty who are clinically trained in the field, neuropsychology majors explore human pathological states, like neurological conditions, and the biological changes associated with drugs and diseases. Our specialized course sequences allow students to fulfill pre-med requirements, preparing them for medical school and careers in clinical neuropsychology, mental health counseling, occupational therapy and physician assistant studies.

Potential careers

  • Biological technician 
  • Clinical psychologist 
  • Clinical laboratory technician 
  • Medical laboratory technician 
  • Medical scientist 
  • Occupational therapist 
  • Physician assistant 
  • Physician or surgeon 
  • Researcher 
  • School psychologist 
  • Substance abuse/behavioral disorder counselor

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New England Residents

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island do not offer a bachelor's-level neuropsychology program in their public universities, so students from these states can enroll in UNH's program at a reduced tuition rate.

Curriculum & Requirements

Neuropsychology is the study of the human brain and its relation to behavior. The UNH Manchester program focuses on the biological basis of human functioning in both normal and pathological states (e.g., dementia, depression) and therefore, prepares students for careers working with individuals with various mental health and neurological conditions. This interdisciplinary program offers a concentration of core and advanced courses in psychology and biology while providing sufficient flexibility for students to customize their education in order to meet specific requirements for their chosen career path, including the health professions.

The neuropsychology program prepares students for a variety of careers within the field of neuroscience, including bachelor-level positions and graduate training in research and health professions. At the bachelor-level, students are prepared for positions in healthcare (e.g., clinical laboratory technologist, psychometrician) and biomedical research (research assistant). The program is also designed to provide the flexibility needed to prepare students for graduate training in the health professions, such as being a physician, physician assistant, psychologist, neuropsychologist, or occupational therapist. Students interested in medical school are able to complete premedical requirements within four years.

Students majoring in neuropsychology must complete a minimum of 128 credits and satisfy the University's Discovery Program, and complete 56 credits in the major with a minimum of C- in each course and a 2.0 overall grade-point average in all major requirements. Three courses in the major can be used to fulfill both a major requirement and a Discovery requirement, providing students with more flexibility to customize their education.

Transfer students who elect to major in neuropsychology must complete at least 32 credits in the program at UNH to qualify for the degree in neuropsychology. The department's academic advisors will determine the distribution of these credits. Transfer students should note that courses are allotted only the number of credits granted by the original institution (after adjustments for semester-hour equivalents). Thus, students transferring from an institution at which courses carry less than four credits each must make up for any credit deficit created by acceptance of transfer credits into the neuropsychology major.

Specific course selections should be discussed with the advisor. Exceptions to the requirements for the major require a petition to the department.

Program Requirements

Core Courses in Psychology and Biology
BIOL 413
BIOL 414
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology II (both with lab)
8
CHEM 403General Chemistry I (with lab)4
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
PSYC 401Introduction to Psychology 14
PSYC 402Statistics in Psychology4
PSYC 502Research Methods in Psychology4
PSYC 531Psychobiology4
PSYC 705Tests and Measurement4
Advanced Courses in Psychology and Biology
Select three of the following:12
BSCI 680
Pharmacology 2
BSCI 735
Cell Biology
PSYC 710
Visual Perception
PSYC 713
Psychology of Consciousness
PSYC 731
Brain and Behavior
PSYC 733
Drugs and Behavior 2
PSYC 735
Neurobiology of Mood Disorders
PSYC 736
Attention Disorders
PSYC 741
Advanced Topics
Advanced Elective in Psychology
Select one of the following:4
PSYC 712
Psychology of Language
PSYC 758
Health Psychology
PSYC 762
Counseling
PSYC 791
Advanced Topics
Capstone Requirement
Select one of the following:4
PSYC 793
Internship (at approved site)
PSYC 795
Independent Study (1-4 credits) 3
Total Credits56

For more information about the neuropsychology program, contact Alison Paglia, Ph.D., program coordinator, at Alison.Paglia@unh.edu, Daniel Seichepine, Ph.D., at Daniel.Seichepine@unh.edu, or the UNH Manchester Office of Admissions at (603) 641-4150.

Explore Program Details

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

Learn more about career planning

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

Learn more about internships