Career Preparation: Neuroscience

Neuroscientists work in a variety of fields, from academic and pharmaceutical research to public policy and advocacy to neurosurgery. The common thread between these fields is a focus on the brain and the nervous system. After graduating from UC San Diego, students who have received training in Neuroscience may go on to graduate study in Neuroscience or a related field.

During their time as an Undergraduate, students interested in Neuroscience may choose any of our degree tracks. However, we suggest a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience to best prepare you for your future career. You may also be interested in a double major or minor in Cognitive Science or Biology. The following courses may be of interest to you:

  • PSYC 102: Sensory Neuroscience
  • PSYC 105: Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 106: Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 108: Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 116: Laboratory in Clinical Psychology Research
  • PSYC 122: Mechanisms of Animal Behavior
  • PSYC 123: Cognitive Control and Frontal Lobe Function
  • PSYC 125: Clinical Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 132: Hormones and Behavior
  • PSYC 133: Circadian Rhythms/Biological Clocks
  • PSYC 144: Memory and Amnesia
  • PSYC 150: Cognitive Neuroscience of Vision
  • PSYC 152: Conceptions of Intelligence
  • PSYC 159: Physiological Basis of Perception
  • PSYC 169: Brain Damage and Mental Function
  • PSYC 170: Cognitive Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 171: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
  • PSYC 179: Drugs, Addiction, and Mental Disorders
  • PSYC 181: Drugs and Behavior
  • PSYC 189: Brain, Behavior, and Evolution

Students interested in the field of Neuroscience should contact the Career Center for further career advising.