The BS in Neuroscience at Bellarmine is an interdisciplinary degree between the departments of Biology and Psychology that prepares students for a range of graduate and professional programs including medical school, clinical neuroscience,
neuropsychology, physical therapy, and biomedical graduate programs.
The Neuroscience major is designed to establish a broad foundation and understanding of nervous system development and function at all levels, from molecules to behavior, and to prepare undergraduates for graduate programs and careers in research,
medicine, rehabilitation and clinical work related to nervous system function and dysfunction.
Students have the option to choose one of three career path tracks based on their career interest. The first is a Medical School Track designed for students interested in applying to medical school. The second is a Behavioral Neuroscience
Graduate School Track for students who want to pursue graduate education in clinical or behavioral neuroscience. The third is a Physical Therapy Track which prepares students to apply to a Doctorate in Physical Therapy program.
Neuroscience Popularity and Job Prospects
The popularity and importance of neuroscience has grown significantly in the last 20 years, especially as our understanding of the brain has increased and we have more ways to study the how the nervous system works, develops, malfunctions,
and how it can be repaired. Due to its multidisciplinary nature, there are numerous careers in the neuroscience field, including careers in medicine, other health-related professions, clinical neuropsychology, and academia.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for medical scientists, including neuroscientists faster than the national average for all occupations. Growth in the jobs for physicians is projected
to be 4%, which is as fast as average, growth in the jobs for Physical Therapists is projected to be 18% which is much faster than average. Jobs for neuropsychologists are projected to grow 11% between 2018-2028.